Today in Apple history: Windows scores big victory over Mac

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Windows used a number of elements of the Mac UI.
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July 25 TIAH July 25, 1989: Apple suffers a major setback in its copyright infringement lawsuit against Microsoft for allegedly stealing the Mac’s “look and feel” to create Windows.

Apple sued Microsoft on 189 counts of copyright infringement relating to Windows 2.0.3. The judge overseeing the case throws out 179 of them. This paves the way for Microsoft’s dominance over Apple in the coming decade.

Today in Apple history: Apple’s eWorld online service goes live

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It doesn't get more 1990s than this!
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June 20: Today in Apple historyJune 20, 1994: Apple launches eWorld, a subscription service for Mac owners that’s designed to compete with America Online and other nascent online properties.

Part messaging service and part news aggregator, eWorld is supposed to push Apple into competition with the likes of AOL, Delphi, CompuServe and Prodigy. Unfortunately, Apple’s online service is doomed from the start.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs attempts a boardroom coup

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Sadly for Steve, things didn't work in his favor.
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May23May 23, 1985: Bitter about being ousted from his position running the Macintosh division, 30-year-old Steve Jobs attempts to stage a coup to seize control of Apple from CEO John Sculley.

He plans to overthrow Sculley while he is away on a business trip in China. Unfortunately for Jobs, he makes the mistake of trying to recruit the support of Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée, who informs Sculley of the plot.

It’s the beginning of the end for Steve Jobs’ first tenure at Apple.

Today in Apple history: John Sculley starts work as Apple CEO

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John Sculley was Apple's third president and CEO.
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May17May 17, 1983: John Sculley starts work at Apple as its third president and CEO, following Mike Scott and Mike Markkula.

As the former boss of Pepsi-Cola, Sculley is lured to Apple by Steve Jobs, who uses one of the most famous lines in the history business: “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?”

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs loses control of the Mac

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Steve Jobs was distraught at being removed as general manager of the Mac division.
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Ap10 April 10, 1985: During a fateful meeting, Apple CEO John Sculley threatens to resign unless the Apple board removes Steve Jobs as executive VP and general manager of the Macintosh division.

This triggers a series of events that will ultimately result in Jobs’ exit. The marathon board meeting — which continued for several hours the next day — results in the Apple co-founder losing his operating role within the company, but being allowed to stay on as chairman. Things don’t exactly play out like that.

Today in Apple history: Future Apple CEO John Sculley is born

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John Sculley in Fremont, California, 1990.
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April6 April 6, 1939: John Sculley is born in New York City. He will grow up to be hailed as a business and marketing genius, eventually overseeing Apple’s transformation into the most profitable personal computer company in the world.

After a remarkable stint as president of Pepsi-Cola, Sculley will take over as Apple’s third CEO in 1983. He runs Apple for a 10-year period, guiding the creation of the revolutionary Newton MessagePad. During Sculley’s decade at the helm, Apple sells more personal computers than any other company. But he’s still remembered for his role in kicking Steve Jobs out of Apple.

Bill Gates says he didn’t copy Steve Jobs

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Among questions on his favorite sandwiches (“Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger”) and whether he can still jump over a chair (probably not), Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates got asked whether his company had copied Steve Jobs during a Reddit Q&A on Monday.

Gates denied copying Cupertino — but reminded everybody that Microsoft and Apple both borrowed liberally from another Silicon Valley pioneer.

Today in Apple history: Apple bids farewell to the Newton

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The Newton MessagePad 2100 was the last hurrah for Apple's Newton line.
The MessagePad was a product ahead of its time.
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Feb27February 27, 1998: Apple discontinues work on the Newton MessagePad product line, the series of personal digital assistants it launched five years earlier.

“This decision is consistent with our strategy to focus all our software development resources on extending the Macintosh operating system,” Steve Jobs says at the time. “To realize our ambitious plans we must focus all of our efforts in one direction.”

John Sculley isn’t a believer in the Apple Watch just yet

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The Apple Watch is the only Apple product Sculley doesn't currently own.
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Even a year on from its launch, former Apple CEO John Sculley isn’t convinced the Apple Watch is a must-have Apple device just yet.

“I think the Apple Watch is beautiful, but it doesn’t have enough utility to be something that I feel I have to have at this point in time,” he says in a new interview with The Street, noting that it’s the only major Apple product he doesn’t use.