Steve Jobs: Microsoft copied original Apple Mac with Windows 95, now they’re copying us again


See fortune magazine:







Steve Jobs: Microsoft copied original Apple Mac with Windows 95, now they’re copying us again


Tuesday, February 08, 2005 – 09:57 AM EST


 


In his first extended interview since undergoing surgery for pancreatic cancer last summer, Apple CEO Steve Jobs talked with Fortune Magazine’s Brent Schlender.


(I know I’m going to get spanked for this one :)


Clearly, Steve Jobs is still suffering from some of the after-effects of the general anesthesia from his surgery… wow, I don’t know where to start.


First, it is amazing to say that Windows 95 copied from the orginal Mac.. The original Mac, with its co-operative multitasking environment, and its single-click operation, is very different indeed, from the UI, to the low-level threading model behind the scenes. Almost everything is different. And come on, Steve, you copied MacOS from Parc, so I wouldn’t play high and mighty.


Copying OS/X and its feature set. Sounds like the other way around. Longhorn specs have been around for over two years. OS/X, itself a clear implementation of Unix (now, don’t say you invented that, too.), does have a nice shell on it., and finally gives the Mac a multi-threading OS, is probably closer to a clone of a combination of Unix and Windows NT/2000/XP… interesting, however, that you can’t maintain the stability in the OS that XP has…I say this only from personal friends in other business that are quite computer literate that tried OS/X and moved back to XP because of negative experiences. Not to mention what Apple pulled in the font arena when moving from MacOS to OSX. Trade Printers and Graphic artists are a little upset, and least the ones that I know.


Mac OS X is so solid that its going into places that Apple’s never been before. That’s good. OS X running on specifc controlled hardware. I wonder how much more stable Windows would be running on a specific hardware spec. But that’s just bad for competition.


 


Mac sales are good news for Microsoft. Microsoft is still, I believe, the number one vendor of software for the Mac.


Comments (8)

  1. Anon says:

    Gee – you guys are sooo original. Hate to say it but Steve IS giving you stuff to copy for the next few years. MS is just arrogant enough as always to deny it.

    Face it you are garage computing and your trying to keep up with the Jones.

  2. JB says:

    Apple-CEO = Plum-head!

  3. anon says:

    "I wonder how much more stable Windows would be running on a specific hardware spec."

    — I do not think that is hypothetical anymore. One can cite the X-box as a concrete example.

  4. Edward says:

    Well how often do XBoxes crash? And I don’t count CES, as that was a game software problem for a game running in debug mode.

    I do think Steve is pushing it with the "Redmond start your photocopiers" etc. Most of what they announced at the WWDC had already been announced for Longhorn at the PDC, they are just quicker at delivering, having a smaller hardware range and only a couple of years of compatibility to worry about. Most OSX software is already only compatible back to 10.2

  5. Dean Harding says:

    Most OSX software is already only compatible back to 10.2

    I know! How annoying is that? I tried to download the Entourage demo for OS X, but we only have 10.1 here, and it doesn’t work! We’re not really a Mac place here though, and we only have the one to test a few customer scenarios so maybe people in the "real" world update their macs more often than us.

    There’s still plenty of people out there using Windows 98 and even Windows 95. Imagine running a Mac OS from 8 years ago, it’d be hell!! Even Windows 2000 is two years older than 10.2.