Netgear CEO lashes out at Jobs, Microsoft

The CEO of home networking giant Netgear has hit out at Apple chief Steve Jobs and his companys ""closed"" approach to products.

Speaking in Sydney, Australia, Patrick Lo said Apples ""closed and proprietary products"" would soon be overtaken by open alternatives, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. ""Ultimately a closed system just cant go that far ... If they continue to close it and let Android continue to creep up then its pretty difficult as I see it,"" he said.

Apples domination of many product categories had allowed the company to succeed - but that wouldnt always be the case, he said. ""Right now the closed platform has been successful for Apple because theyve been so far ahead as thought leaders because of Steve Jobs,"" he said.

Mr Jobs will step back from the companys day to day operations after announcing earlier this month that he will take a second medical leave of absence, though he will remain CEO of Apple. Despite his apparent praise for Mr Jobs, Mr Lo wasnt pulling any punches when it came to the Apples ""visionary"" leader. ""Steve Jobs wants to suffocate the distribution so even though he doesnt own the content he could basically demand a ransom,"" he said. He said Mr Jobs" public denouncing of Adobes Flash standard in favour of HTML5 was driven by ego. ""Whats the reason for him to trash Flash? Theres no reason other than ego,"" he said.

Mr Lo predicted Googles Android mobile OS would eventually end up on top of the mobile heap and establish itself in a range of devices including TVs and home media servers.

Microsoft also copped a lashing, with Mr Lo declaring that just over three months after it launched, Windows Phone 7 was a failure. ""Microsoft is over - game over - from my point of view,"" he said. It is worth noting that Mr Lo did not elaborate on his last jab, leaving the distinct possibility that the cocky CEO simply felt like making an attention-grabbing statement.

Image Credit: Netgear

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