Way back in 80’s when Xerox engineers came up with their ingenious Mouse and window based Operating System. The Xerox Boss laughed and said what do you think, we are going to sell mouse and put the project on scrap.
Young Engineers thronged to the Xerox center to study the Alto and Steve Jobs gave a commercial hit with the Mouse and GUI based or Window based Operating System to the world.
When all was going well ,Microsoft came in to the play , they developed (they indeed screwed Apple over icons and Dialog patent) a GUI operating system called Windows.
Stop Stop , this is a very old history, why we should talk about this now.
Because the war is out again, indeed in the same style. that time it was PC and this time it was Mobile platform
Microsoft created Windows Operating System and distributed to multiple Hardware Vendors and that indeed cost very badly to Apple, Still now they are not out of it. The Status quo has changed from then.
Google has created a open source Operating System Android OS (decent copy cat of iOS) and doing the same, its distributing the Mobile Operating System to various hardware vendors . Apple is still going with its Hardware + Software Bounded Model, which has already cost them the huge PC market.
Now to more foray Microsoft has launched its new Mobile Operating System, which means they also providing the software to multiple hardware.
New Mobile OS are all set to come from Nokia + Intel called MeeGo, so the race is heating up.
Now if you take the stats , Once Apple iPhone has no competitor but now Google’s Android is capturing the smartphone market.
Now the Big Question is will Apple release iOS for other hardware ?
For me this is a simple question but for the company its a huge strategy shift, that will change the whole stuff.
But Apple has won our hearts with its cool creation iphone(same way they won with MAC long back). Will the History Repeats????…..