To put those numbers into perspective, Samsung -- third place in tablet sales behind Apple and Amazon -- shipped a mere 1.5 million Android-based tablets during all of Q4 2011 according to IDC.
Sources: Apple, IDC
quote: the XBox followed in the steps of the Playstation
quote: Zune followed in the steps of the iPod
quote: Windows copied MacOS
quote: As for Apple not doing much right before 2007, here is a letter
quote: Sony didn't invent the game console. Ever heard of Atari?
quote: Since when was the iPod the first MP3 player?
quote: AHAHAHA, how hard you people still try and cling to that. Hold on, Xerox is calling me, they have something to say about this...
quote: Smalltalk has no Finder, and no need for one, really. Drag-and- drop file manipulation came from the Mac group, along with many other unique concepts: resources and dual-fork files for storing layout and international information apart from code; definition procedures; drag-and-drop system extension and configuration; types and creators for files; direct manipulation editing of document, disk, and application names; redundant typed data for the clipboard; multiple views of the file system; desk accessories; and control panels, among others. The Lisa group invented some fundamental concepts as well: pull down menus, the imaging and windowing models based on QuickDraw, the clipboard, and cleanly internationalizable software....As you may be gathering, the difference between the Xerox system architectures and Macintosh architecture is huge; much bigger than the difference between the Mac and Windows. It's not surprising, since Microsoft saw quite a bit of the Macintosh design (API's,sample code, etc.) during the Mac's development from 1981 to 1984; the intention was to help them write applications for the Mac, and it also gave their system designers a template from which to design Windows. In contrast, the Mac and Lisa designers had to invent their own architectures. Of course, there were some ex- Xerox people in the Lisa and Mac groups, but the design point for these machines was so different that we didn't leverage our knowledge of the Xerox systems as much as some people think.
quote: A letter?
quote: Windows didn't reach parity with the 1984 MacOS for an additional six years with the release of Windows 3.0.
quote: Before 2007 Apple was a failed proprietary PC company who never amounted to anything more than a fad.
quote: Ah and the whole "copied" argument is something only Apple trolls have been using for 30 years
quote: iTunes iPod iPhone iPad. Remove them tomorrow and it wouldn't make a difference. No Bill Gates? We might as well be cavemen smashing rocks together.
quote: This is cute considering that Gates' company started off by writing software for the existing Apple II and the Mac
quote: Learn your history.
quote: So you're saying that BASIC for Altair was more profitable than the boatloads they made writing applications for the Apple II and the Mac?
quote: This is cute considering that Gates' company started off by writing software for the existing Apple II and the Mac (which his company then spent the next six years making a copy of their own).
quote: The Apple II is an 8-bit home computer, one of the first highly successful mass-produced microcomputer products, designed primarily by Steve Wozniak, manufactured by Apple Computer (now Apple Inc.) and introduced in 1977 .
quote: Established on April 4, 1975 to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800 , Microsoft rose to dominate the home computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems.
quote: Popular computing would have happened with or without him
quote: Learn your history.
quote: We can't know that. Before Microsoft OEM's like Apple and IBM wanted to sell PC's with proprietary software that were not compatible with other brands. By making software, not bundled hardware, the standard in computing Microsoft changed the game forever. Windows was the driver of the computer revolution. I'm sorry you cannot accept that the most significant advancement in computing technology came from someone you claim had a "lack of vision".
quote: But to be fair he was far better at business acumen and execution then predicting and steering the future. Watch the All Things D video of Steve and Bill on stage together from a couple of years ago. It is telling. Also read Bill's book "The Road Ahead" and look at the world as it is now. Bill was a great business leader and had the vision to build a great American company. Ultimately I would bet he personally is remembered for his philanthropy far more the how exactly he made his billions.Oh and indeed MS was founded to write software for the Altair. But from about 77' until their famous DOS deal in 81' their Apple II software was a HUGE part if not the largest part of their business.
quote: Watch the All Things D video of Steve and Bill on stage together from a couple of years ago. It is telling.
quote: For years Gates has been talking about projectors on every wall in people's houses, pie in the sky ideas that have no bearing on practical reality.
quote: I'm sure apple heavily modified/changed/re-wrote/added to the Xerox parc system.