Jobs then described the projects under way:
a more powerful Mac, which would take the place of the discontinued Lisa;
and software called FileServer, which would allow Macintosh users to share files on a network.
Sculley learned for the first time that these projects were going to be late.
He gave a cold critique of Murray's marketing record,
Belleville's missed engineering deadlines, and Jobs's overall management.
Despite all this, Jobs ended the meeting with a plea to Sculley,
in front of all the others there, to be given one more chance to prove he could run a division.
Sculley refused. That night Jobs took his Macintosh team out to dinner at Nina's Café in Woodside.
Jean-Louis Gassée was in town because Sculley wanted him to prepare to take over the Macintosh division,
and Jobs invited him to join them.
Belleville proposed a toast "to those of us who really understand what the world according to Steve Jobs is all about."
That phrase—"the world according to Steve"—had been used dismissively by others at Apple who belittled the reality warp he created.
After the others left, Belleville sat with Jobs in his Mercedes and urged him to organize a battle to the death with Sculley.
Months earlier, Apple had gotten the right to export computers to China,
and Jobs had been invited to sign a deal in the Great Hall of the People over the 1985 Memorial Day weekend.
He had told Sculley, who decided he wanted to go himself, which was just fine with Jobs.
Jobs decided to use Sculley's absence to execute his coup.
Throughout the week leading up to Memorial Day, he took a lot of people on walks to share his plans.
"I'm going to launch a coup while John is in China," he told Mike Murray.