This morning the team here in the UK awoke to the tragic news that Steve Jobs had finally lost his long and public battle with pancreatic cancer. Apple announced the news during the night in a statement saying: "Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being."
As an office full with users of apple products, the passing of Jobs will undoubtedly touch all of us, much in the same way his living has. Jobs was a visionary, a perfectionist, an artist, a genius, he changed the world we live in and will continue to do so even after his passing.
There has been an abundance of tributes made from highly placed individuals, here are a select few:
Barack Obama: "Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it,"
Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, said: "The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come."
Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder and close friend: "People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he set himself."
Away from his life in the spotlight as former CEO of one of the worlds largest companies, Jobs was a private man and leaves behind his wife and four children. Our thoughts go out to them.
An email address for tributes to Jobs was set up at firstname.lastname@example.org