February 6, 2011

Schmidt To Apple?

True, yet somewhat cozy phrasing from Eric Schmidt, speaking about computer science and technology in modern culture:
The rise of Google, the rise of Facebook, the rise of Apple, I think are proof that there is a place for computer science as something that solves problems that people face every day. There was only one company that saw that a decade before anybody else and that company is Apple. If you look even through the Nineties -- Sun, Microsoft, Novell, Cisco -- they were fundamentally infrastructure companies based around corporations. That is where the money was. There was almost no consumer use with the exception of Apple in people's daily lives.
It's not unusual for a corporate leader to praise a rival company's execution. Schmidt is Chairman of Google, and he recently stepped down as CEO of that company. Google is Apple's main competitor in the mobile space with its Android platform. Speculation has begun about how long he has left at Google, and with Steve Jobs's medical leave of absence, his second in two years, whether or not Schmidt might be in line for the CEO job at Apple.

Is this interview the first hint of such a move?