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[–] CinnamicAcid 2 points 13 points (+15|-2) ago 

I think they give Apple way too much credit in the beginning. The team at Xerox Parc pretty much invented the desktop metaphor, and several concepts of theirs were taken straight from Douglas Englebart's "Mother of all Demos". Apple did not "pioneered the idea of windows for different applications and tasks that could be layered on top of one another", as you can see in the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cn4vC80Pv6Q

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[–] Drenki 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

You've got it right. That timeline is just a confession of borrowed ideas. Apple's marketshare has alwasy been too miniscule to be influential. The exception is the iPhone - which wouldn't have been possible without Apple gouging it's customer base for years prior.

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[–] ec69f4c200b442f59e9f 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago  (edited ago)

If by steal you mean he paid them for their IP in a deal which gave them Apple stock. Not really stealing by any normal definition.

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[–] Drenki 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I don't think anything was paid to Xerox or any patents licensed. I do know that Apple hired many of the engineers fleeing a company that was too afraid to turn its research into products.

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[–] ElectricSheep 2 points 1 points (+3|-2) ago 

No company as of yet, can design user interfaces as well as apple. Windows 10 was a huge improvement for Windows, but they still lack the individual style and ease of use that an apple product brings to the table.

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[–] Avnomke 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I like windows 7 better than apple interfaces. But that's my personal preference.

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[–] Smiler 2 points 1 points (+3|-2) ago 

I'm loving the timeline, great post!

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[–] allenlee [S] 2 points -1 points (+1|-2) ago 

I like it too!

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[–] naturallymystic 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

Thanks for the post !

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[–] Frankyhangmyself 2 points -1 points (+1|-2) ago 

Still lovin the Aqua style, blown away when I first saw that interface as a kid.