innovation | November 15, 2012

Steve Wozniak In TechCruch: Is Microsoft More Innovative Than Apple? [VIDEO]

Fresh off the stage after giving a keynote at TEDx Brussels (video shown above), Steve Wozniak shared his views about the future of innovation in the technology industry in a TechCrunch video segment. Wozniak—known for never being afraid to voice an opinion—said that he "worried" Microsoft was becoming more innovate than Apple. "I fear that Microsoft might have been sitting in their labs trying to innovate, with a formula," the co-founder of Apple said. "They may have been doing that for 3 years while Apple was just used to cranking out the newest iPhone and falling a little behind." He adds: "That worries me greatly."

He explains that Microsoft's newest voice recognition advancement (where you can speak into a phone in one language and have it speak back to you in another) is an example of the type of innovation companies need to be doing in order to win. Rather than simply making improvements on old products, companies (Apple included) need to be coming up with out-of-the-box ideas that are astounding and different. He says that improving is not the style of innovation Apple should be following; rather, that they need to go back to what put them on top—inventing. While he's a loyal Apple lover, Wozniak also said that he will use different products from different platforms to be able to get a holistic understanding of all the new technology out there. Similar to other tech-savvy consumers, he will buy the product that does a task the best—and if Apple doesn't step up their game, companies like Microsoft may be plucking up Apple customers.

An in-demand speaker, Wozniak's insights are highly sought after. His views on technology and its intersection with society are intriguing and extremely candid. He helps audiences keep up with the trends of today and opens their imaginations to what the next big thing might be tomorrow.

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