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Steve Jobs is handing over the company to COO Tim Cook as he is going to take a medical leave of absence that could last until the end of June 2009. Jobs in his letter says he is going to be back, but his recovery is […]

Steve Jobs is handing over the company to COO Tim Cook as he is going to take a medical leave of absence that could last until the end of June 2009. Jobs in his letter says he is going to be back, but his recovery is going to take a lot longer than originally thought. In a previous message, he indicated that he had some hormone-related concerns. Jobs was also treated for pancreatic cancer a few years ago.

If you are looking for speculation about Jobs’ mortality, Apple and other ghoulish musings, you would be better served to look elsewhere. I respect his privacy and wish him speedy recovery and send him and his family my prayers and best wishes. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has sent this note to employees, which the company has just released via a press release:

Team,
I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.

In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple’s day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan.

I look forward to seeing all of you this summer.

Steve

  1. [...] some hormone-related concerns. Jobs was also treated for pancreatic cancer a few years ago. – from Gigaom Filed Under: Breaking, TechTags: Apple · Steve Jobs Digg, Facebook, Email: Share This [...]

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  2. correction

    “take a medical week”… should read “take a medical leave”

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  3. Respecting his privacy and saying some very meaningful prayers are what he and the family need right now – say no more till summer. I think 99.9% of those of us in technology feel the same way.

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  4. For the latest news coverage of Steves health and medical leave check out http://www.redux.com/playlist/apples_steve_jobs_health

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  5. All this about Steve is just silly.

    I wish him the best health-wise. That said, as much as fans and investors would like to think that Jobs *is* the company, Apple is a well-oiled machine with many product lines that will continue to be successful even if the guy wasn’t involved at all.

    Make no mistake, Jobs is brilliant and he’s an innovative businessman, but there are far more brains behind Apple’s success than just his, and there always has been.

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  6. According to latest medical research, only 1-4% of people are still alive 5 years after a pancreatic cancer has been detected.

    For more detailed information about this terrible and deadly form of cancer :
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancreas_cancer

    Steve Jobs announced his pancreatic cancer in August 2004.

    I’m afraid he won’t never be back…

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  7. I wish Steve a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing a healthy Steve Jobs in the future, whenever that may be. Take your time Steve, get well soon.

    Everything else is just trivial.

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  8. The good news is that he appears to be leaving Temporarily. The better news is that he still can decide (i.e., he is not incapacitated).

    BTW, take a look at Giga Om’s Blog:
    http://gigaom.com/2008/12/27/what-i-learned-t

    Through my family business I have a unique view on Hi-Tech folks’ decisions about their own Health-care.

    The culture Top-Down is get generally work done, get more work done, get it done Now, and don’t complain.

    IF one is part of this mind-set,
    then GIGA OM’s BLOG cited above.
    IT IS AN EYE OPENER.

    Be Well All,

    — imoDOTcom —

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  9. I consider myself an Apple fan and have been reading a lot about it for the past many years. I do feel something is really serious on Jobs side and the problem is more severe then we can imagine. But anyways I wish him speedy recovery and best wishes.

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  10. @SD

    Part of actually admiring someone and their work is also giving them room to live their lives. I just can’t imagine what his family is going through right now while we have lame-ass talking heads debate the issue on television. It is incredible….

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