Ex-Execs Reveal How Sun Almost Bought Out Apple

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Would there be iPhones,

iPads and iPods on the market today if Sun Microsystems had been able

to close a deal to buy out Apple in the mid-1990s?

No, says former Sun CEO Scott McNealy. “If we

had bought Apple, there wouldn’t have been iPods or iPads … I’d have

screwed that up,” McNealy conceded in a talk Feb. 24 with another

former Sun top executive, ex-President Ed Zander, at a Churchill Club dinner at the Santa

Clara Convention Center.

McNealy (pictured) and Zander, headline speakers at

the event, talked about their years at Sun when that company was one of

the world’s top producers of servers, workstations, data

storage systems and Unix data center software. It also had a healthy

enterprise processor business with its Sparc architecture.

A Wall Street darling in the 1980s and ’90s, Sun fell on hard times in the 2000s and

ultimately was bought by Oracle in January 2010 for $7.4 billion.

But there was a time when Sun, at its

wealthiest, was poised to buy Apple when it was at the lowest point in

its storied history.

For more, read the eWeek article: How Apple Dodged a Sun Buyout: Former Execs McNealy, Zander Tell All.

CIO Insight Staff
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