Do you feel like a midware vendor today?

Steve Jobs made a rare appearance on the last Apple earnings call, and unleashed a torrent of opinions on his competitors.  My favorite line remains to be his thoughts on the value his company brings to customers:

In reality, we think the open versus closed argument is just a smokescreen to try and hide the real issue, which is, “What’s best for the customer – fragmented versus integrated?” We think Android is very, very fragmented, and becoming more fragmented by the day. And as you know, Apple strives for the integrated model so that the user isn’t forced to be the systems integrator. We see tremendous value at having Apple, rather than our users, be the systems integrator. We think this a huge strength of our approach compared to Google’s: when selling the users who want their devices to just work, we believe that integrated will trump fragmented every time. (emphasis added)

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