Steve Jobs’s withering assessment to his biographer Walter Isaacson.
“They’ve become mostly irrelevant,” Jobs said of Microsoft. He then got going on how salesmen like Ballmer and former Apple (AAPL) CEO John Sculley tend to ruin product-focused companies. “Apple was lucky, and it rebounded,” Jobs told Isaacson. “But I don’t think anything will change at Microsoft as long as Ballmer is running it.”