Google CEO Joins Apple Board of Directors

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Apple on Tuesday said that Google CEO Eric Schmidt was elected to its board of directors. Dr. Schmidt also sits on Google's board of directors and Princeton University's board of trustees. He was previously chairman and CEO at Novell and CTO at Sun Microsystems.

"Eric is obviously doing a terrific job as CEO of Google, and we look forward to his contributions as a member of Apple's board of directors," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a press release. "Like Apple, Google is very focused on innovation and we think Eric's insights and experience will be very valuable in helping to guide Apple in the years ahead."

"Apple is one of the companies in the world that I most admire," Dr. Schmidt added. "I'm really looking forward to working with Steve and Apple's board to help with all of the amazing things Apple is doing."
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Peace said:
It's looking more like Google/Apple vs Microsoft now..Interesting matchup!!
I wonder how much Apple will have Google's services integrated into its OS.

Earlier in the year, we heard that Apple would be creating its own maps feature - maybe, they will just be integrating Google Maps into its OS...

What does this mean for iChat? That, too, could be integrated with Google's Messenger program.

Gmail and Mail cooperation? Maybe that'll be worked on (as it's not too great at present).

My only hope is that iChat will eventually work with MSN Messenger - I know that there are a lot of people on this board who would love to see this happen.

Windows Live vs. Google.
Microsoft vs. Apple.

Interesting indeed :) .
 

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Peace said:
It's looking more like Google/Apple vs Microsoft now..Interesting matchup!!
Yea, But I would probably put more at Google/Apple Vs Microsoft/Yahoo! because Microsoft was thinking of buying Yahoo! and it is integrating it in Windows Live (messenger etc).

With Google being a huge leader in Internet services it will help Apple's Image and promotion in some way. It may even lead to better .Mac services and Google apps etc.

Just playful thinking! lol
 

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Google CEO Joins Apple Board of Directors



In a press release, Apple announced that Dr. Eric Schmidt was named to Apple's Board of Directors today.

Dr. Schmidt has a long resume, including current positions as CEO of Google, as a member of the Google board of directors, and on the Princeton University board of trustees. He was formerly CEO of Novell and Chief Technology Officer at Sun Microsystems Inc.

This brings to eight the number of Apple directors. The last appointment was Fred Anderson, who retired as Apple CFO and joined the Board in June 2004.

"Eric is obviously doing a terrific job as CEO of Google, and we look forward to his contributions as a member of Apple's board of directors," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Like Apple, Google is very focused on innovation and we think Eric's insights and experience will be very valuable in helping to guide Apple in the years ahead."
 

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I see this as a good move. Google seems to be filled with innovative ideas and has a creative mindset, similar to Apple's, so I see this as being a good fit.
 

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This is good news on so many fronts...provides a nice avenue for collaborations between the two companies, while hopefully reducing competition. That's not to say Google won't compete against Apple, but I'd think there would be more discussion and exchange of ideas that would help both companies.
 

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WildCowboy said:
This is good news on so many fronts...provides a nice avenue for collaborations between the two companies, while hopefully reducing competition. That's not to say Google won't compete against Apple, but I'd think there would be more discussion and exchange of ideas that would help both companies.
This in effect keeps Google from competing with Apple.As long as the Google CEO stays CEO of Google and is on Apple's Board there would be a conflict of interest in so many areas Google won't be competing against Apple for a long time.
 

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This makes one more vote for good support of Java technology in Mac OS X, since Dr. Schmidt led the Java development group at Sun.
 

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This is the first move in the Google masterplan for taking over Apple Computers <shifty eyes>

But seriously, looking at Dr. Schmidt's experience, this can only be a good thing for the Apple business.

Google Adsense? = Commercials in iTunes! :eek:
 

ender78

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Hmm... this seems like a somewhat unusual member of the board. Google and Apple to compete in the video distribution market, do I sense a change somewhere? How common is it to have competitors on your board?
 

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ender78 said:
Hmm... this seems like a somewhat unusual member of the board. Google and Apple to compete in the video distribution market, do I sense a change somewhere? How common is it to have competitors on your board?
I would hardly call Google a competitor...Google Video is doing terribly at the moment.

It's like Steve on Disney's board - he needs to lobby with other movie studios to get their content on iTunes, but he continues to work for Disney as well...
 

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this is one of those news items that will probably slip under the radar, but it actually could be quite significant in the long term. to me, it means more potential collaboration and joint ventures between Google and Apple. I see it as two entities that have become significant powers in the tech industry joining up to better technology overall and to also join the battle against the evil Micro$oft empire. i think we will see some good out of this.
 

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mmm... the integration possibilities are endless

maybe .mac will start offering some decent disc space and reduce it's price based on a certain director's suggestion.
 

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Lets bring MS down..i really hope this means Apple and Google will work together, with Google software fully support Apple, and Apple making sure Google's stuff works well in OS X.
 

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Hopefully he'll be able to teach Apple a thing or two about proper localization, also for bi-directional services. :)
 

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miketcool said:
Who is all on Apple's board currently?
http://www.apple.com/pr/bios/bod.html

Board of Directors

Fred D. Anderson
Partner, Elevation Partners
Former CFO, Apple Computer, Inc.

Bill Campbell
Chairman and former CEO
Intuit Corp.

Millard Drexler
Chairman and CEO
J. Crew

Albert Gore Jr.
Former Vice President of the United States

Steve Jobs
CEO, Apple

Arthur D. Levinson, Ph. D.
Chairman and CEO
Genentech

Dr. Eric Schmidt
CEO
Google

Jerry York
Chairman, President and CEO
Harwinton Capital
 

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As long as they don't start putting advertisements in ANY of their applications or os, I will be ok with this. Integrating internet searches into spotlight and maps in to address book should not be too far off. Here is a list of what I think they can and should do with this kind of close relationship with Google.

Maps in addressbook
Internet searches in spotlight
A new revamped sherlock with mostly googleish searches
tv listings and showtimes in front row
watch google video in front row
global google image search
(search for downloadable images inside photoshop)
mac compatible versions of ALL google features/apps
 

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zap2 said:
Lets bring MS down..i really hope this means Apple and Google will work together, with Google software fully support Apple, and Apple making sure Google's stuff works well in OS X.
An merger between Apple and Google would be a large step towards having the potential to do that. However, most you have have stated you'd rather Apple be a niche player than take the next step after that.