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August 11, 2006

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Steve

I thought Scott Forstall did a better presentation than Jobs did this time. It seemed like Jobs lost weight and he didn't seem to be "on." He seemed more distracted. Also, switching between Jobs and Forstall was too much. They should have let Forstall do the whole "Top 10" countdown and description. Overall, although (as a Mac fan) I enjoyed hearing about Leopard, I was disappointed in the Jobs' presentation.

Tom S.

One of the things that I found most interesting about Steve Jobs' 1997 keynote was his statement that people needed to lose the notion that "for Apple to win, Microsoft has to lose." After watching the latest keynote, it's quite apparent that they don't feel that way anymore. The primary message of the keynote seemed to be how much better they were than Microsoft, with a fair chunk of the time spent making (rather superficial and immature) jabs at Vista.

Now, don't get me wrong. I've been a big fan of Apple since I first used a Mac. And I'll be one of the first to say that Microsoft has not been one of the most original of companies in the past. It just seems a shame to see them resort to jabbing at Microsoft in this way in one of their keynotes. And it's only that much worse after hearing Steve Jobs' rather insightful words on the matter from his '97 keynote.

Marc Duchesne

For sure, the WWDC'06 Keynote speech has been a " different " one. From my understanding, it was a really nice example of team work. Apple is no longer a one-man-show. Steve Jobs is no more alone. That is the message behind the messages.
About the scenario : why would Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, Pixar CEO, largest shareholder at Disney, present pure computing stuff himself (the MacPro, XServe...) ? It is no more his duty, because he has a team to take care of that (Phil Shiller is a great communicator, right ?).
If you observe carrefully, you see that Steve Jobs looked after his true duties as Apple CEO : the welcome speech, the agenda, etc, the business overview, the strategic announcements.
On the demos side, Jobs did what he has to do : everything which is about the End-User per se. Mail, accessibility, iChat... For a tremendous step forward is TimeMachine on the user experience aspect, it's still a pure computing stuff. iChat is not : it is an application which can change the world (well, you see what i mean). That is Jobs' job.
So, in my humble opinion, this Keynote was a very good one, with every one doing his own job perfectly well. Even my fellow french Bertrand Serlet, with his typical french accent ;-)
Looking forward to see Steve Jobs on stage again for the iPhone introduction ;-)

Richard Chuo

I personally think this WWDC '06 keynote is the best keynote over the years. It was a good arrangement to put different [S]VPs on the stage because this add more flavours to the keynote (there was no 3rd party vendor on stage this year: I felt happy for Rozie Ho- GM of Microsoft Mac BU for not being on the stage ;-)).

I like Phil's part (he did a great job, but he can be more light-up when introducing Mac Pro: he seemed a bit nervous). I LOVE Bertrand's presentation!!! He should present more often at WWDC! Scott was great, but I think he looked too serious sometimes.

Overall, I love the transition of the keynote speech, cannot wait for the next year's. :D

Bryan

Say what you want about this recent keynote, I found it extremely valuable to watch as 4 different presenters used the same stage and slides to try and connect with the audience. Often times, guest speakers are marched out into the middle of the stage and given 7min to talk, with no tech/slide support. In this keynote, all had use of demos, stage, slides, wireless clicker, etc. We all know that Steve is a great presenter. In this Keynote, it was apparent that he was really storytelling, with his slides to accent his story. It seemed the other presenters were often waiting for the slide to deliver what they themselves should have been delivering. I tried closing my eyes when each of the speakers were presenting. It was very apparent who was presenting well, and who wasn’t. Again, say what you want about the keynote; I learned more from this one than any other I have seen.

Robert Smelser

A fantastic thing about this 1997 video is how well Steve Jobs holds up under pressure. I couldn't help but write about this on my own site.

I mean, at some points, the croud is actuallly "booing" him! Earlier, he could hardly be introduced due to the enthusiastic and prolonged applause, but, later on, he can hardly string two sentences together without definite hostility from his audience.

Except for one comment made after announcing IE would be the default Mac OS browser (how times have changed), by and large, Mr. Jobs seldom acknowledges his audience's temper, nor does he fire back at them.

This would have made a great example when you blogged about presenting under fire back in February. Steve Jobs kept his cool, and he said what had to be said despite the lack of enthusiasm for his message.

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