The rumours about Steve Jobs? future at Apple continued today, with some sources saying he has decided not to take over the top job, but others maintaining he will remain, at least as a temporary chief executive.
Jobs himself has not made a public statement on his future but Apple employees have received an email telling them their stock options will be worth more than before as part of a company plan to build staff morale. It was signed "Steve and the executive team". But in the same email he claimed he had no plans to leave Pixar, the animation studio he founded, saying: "Don?t pay any attention to the crazy rumours. That?s all they are."
Sources said he has been setting product direction at Apple and instructing staff but others said he will only be in charge temporarily, until he persuades someone else to become CEO. Jobs and the Apple board want to lure candidates, rumoured to include Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale, former Apple executive and Borland CEO Del Yocam, 3Com CEO Eric Benhamou, Oracle president Ray Lane and even Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy.
Some observers say Jobs? advisory role and the staff he bought with him when Apple bought Next Software, including senior vice president Avi Tevanian, could hamper the efforts of a new CEO. Others say he has such respect from Apple?s faithful staff and consumers that he would help change the company?s struggling fortunes, even in a temporary position.
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