Linked by David Adams on Sat 31st Jul 2010 06:05 UTC, submitted by fran
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Microsoft had its annual financial analyst meeting on Thursday, and Steve Ballmer answered questions about what the company's answer to the iPad was going to be, and whether Windows Phone 7 was going to be a part of that product strategy. He said, "We're coming . . . We're coming full guns. The operating system is called Windows." Ballmer and Microsoft so don't get it. I can't believe Steve Ballmer is making me feel sorry for Microsoft.
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RE[2]: The touch revolution
by sorpigal on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 18:23 UTC in reply to "RE: The touch revolution"
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"The move from the desktop/mouse interface to the couch/mobile/touch interface is as big as the transformation of PC's by the GUI 25 years ago. That revolution was pioneered by Apple as well.

Such notions might be true in the Apple RDF, but not in the real world.

Of course, 90% of the GUI that is common today was developed at Xerox years before Apple computer existed. Apple fans can argue that Apple "bought" the technology and hired some Xerox employees. Nevertheless, the fact remains that the modern GUI was not invented by Apple.

While I share your dismay at the somewhat breezy was the GP declared Apple the god of computer UIs, you must be perfectly correct and say that Xerox pioneered the GUI *concepts* that are common today. The actual UI they developed influenced many, but Apple is responsible for the, shall we say, application of it that became popular.

What PARC gave us was a metaphor and an approach, Apple created one implementation of the vision and most people followed Apple's lead from there. If you examine the GUIs that are Xeroxy that came out prior to the Mac, and up to shortly after, you'll find many things which are just a bit odd by today's standards. GUIs where development began after 1984 are mostly quite Mac-like.

There is certainly a strong Apple influence going in here.

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