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"More than eight years after overlapping windows had been invented and more than six years after the Alto started running, the people who could really do something about the ideas finally got to see them. "
Steve Jobs of Apple Computer

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Apple Computer <1979>

By now it was already 1979, and we found ourselves doing one of our many demos, but this time for a very interested audience: Steve Jobs, Jeff Raskin, and other technical people from Apple. They had started a project called Lisa but weren't quite sure what it should be like, until Jeff said to Steve, "You should really come over to PARC and see what they are doing."

The machine used was the Dorado, a very fast "big brother" of the Alto. Larry Tesler gave the main part of the demo with Dan sitting the copilot's chair and Adele Goldberg and I watched from the rear. One of the best parts of the demo was when Steve Jobs said he didn't like the bit-style scrolling we were using and asked if we could do it in a smooth continuous style. In less than a minute Dan found the methods involved, made the (relatively major) changes and scrolling was now continuous! This shocked the visitors, especially the programmers among them, as they had never seen a really powerful incremental system before.

Steve tried to get and / or buy the technology from Xerox (which was one of Apple's minority venture capitalists), but Xerox would neither part with it nor would come up with the resources to continue to develop in house.

[The rest is history since Steve Jobs and Apple Computer went on to create the first commercial operating system to employ the graphical user interface.]