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 user 2009-08-24 at 3:37:33 pm Views: 45
  • #22414,1000001161,39600669-39001113c-20103452o,00.htm
    Apple did not “steal” from Xerox
    This is such old misinformation suggesting that Apple stole from Xerox. Apple gave Xerox a lucrative stock deal for ONE 1-1/2 HOUR VISIT to Xerox PARC, and PARC understood Apple would be developing a GUI interface. Apple did not even see any code. The code for the Mac was entirely original and written by Apple. As Apple engineers stated, the visit was more “inspirational” as to what could be done with a graphical user interface, but that PARC’s GUI was incomplete. It didn’t even have a desktop metaphor. Apple introduced many additional innovations for the Mac that weren’t found at PARC, including overlapping windows, drop down menus, and drag and drop. Plus PARC’S Alto computer was enormous, the Mac was designed to be a small computer so had a much different software/hardware design to facilitate that.

    Microsoft, however, did steal from the Mac. Apple was the first to give Microsoft the opportunity to get into the applications software business by allowing it to write application software for the Mac. Apple gave Microsoft a prototype Macintosh before its release for the purpose of Microsoft writing applications for it. However, while it was in their custody, Microsoft began dissecting everything about the Mac with the intent of writing their own competing GUI operating system.

    To avoid being outright obvious a copy of the Mac GUI, Microsoft did everything in Windows to make it upside-down and backwards from the Mac’s GUI. This is why to this day, the Mac’s Apple menu is on the top left and the Window’s Start menu is on the bottom left. That is Microsoft innovation.

    Unfortunately, after Steve Jobs left Apple, the then CEO gave away Apple’s crown jewels to Microsoft in a licensing agreement that was so incredibly stupidly written that it had a loophole that gave Microsoft full reign to copy the Macintosh GUI.

    So to say that the Mac even “borrowed” from Xerox from a 1-1/2 hour visit is still stretching the truth, because while the Mac was definitely “inspired” by the Alto, it was entirely different from the Alto. Microsoft, however, did heavily “borrow” (steal) from the Mac and that was clear throughout the Windows interface.