Old story, told again (with a twist)

Old story, told again (with a twist)
Reading Steve Jobs’ biography, I’ve got reminded of the old claim that Microsoft copied (or stole, as Jobs put it) the graphical user interface, making it the backbone of their operating system’s success (while, for Apple, it was just one feature that helped make the product desirable). I find Bill Gates’s summary of the events – told to Jobs- quite funny: “Steve, it’s like me breaking into Xerox PARC to steal their TV set , just to find out that you already stole it” 🙂
Reading the details of that story, largely irrelevant today, it struck me how similar it is to a more recent story, involving this time Apple and Google. Even the most hard core Android fan boys have to admit that its touch interface is a shameless copycat of iOS’s interface (poor Apple, the one subject to a double robbery 😉 ). But, there’s a twist: this time around, Google also copied the philosophy: they make use of it just to promote their other, real product: search.
Nevertheless, to me this is history repeating itself with a little twist.

Reading Steve Jobs’ biography, I’ve got reminded of the old claim that Microsoft copied (or stole, as Jobs put it) the graphical user interface, making it the backbone of their operating system’s success (while, for Apple, it was just one feature that helped make the product desirable). I find Bill Gates’s summary of the events – told to Jobs- quite funny: “Steve, it’s like me breaking into Xerox PARC to steal their TV set , just to find out that you already stole it” 🙂

Reading the details of that story, largely irrelevant today, it struck me how similar it is to a more recent story, involving this time Apple and Google. Even the most hard core Android fan boys have to admit that its touch interface is a shameless copycat of iOS’s interface (poor Apple, the one subject to a double robbery 😉 ). But, there’s a twist: this time around, Google also copied the philosophy: they make use of it just to promote their other, real product: search.

Nevertheless, to me this is history repeating itself with a little twist.

One Response to “Old story, told again (with a twist)”

  1. I suggest adding a “google+” button for the blog!