Before Laptops and computers became a commercial success they were only used for data and mathematical calculations. They filled up rooms, were bulky and expensive but this soon changed with the help of electrical advancements. Even then, these machines were hard to interact with from a persons perspective since they were only meant to do tasks.
When personal computers were starting to emerge there was something missing. The idea that computers were suppose to be friendly while a user was using them. The idea had already been thought of in the 1940s but did not become alive until the 1970s. When Steve Jobs and his team of Apple employees visited Xerox PARC. Xerox PARC was working on a graphical user interface (GUI) system which was the way the user behind the computer interacts with the computer by clicking icons and dragging windows around. Apple later introduced their own version of the GUI on the Apple Lisa computer but failed as a computer since it was expensive.
Apple would strike back when they released the “Macintosh” computer with a smaller price tag. The friendliness of the personal computer became a success among the average person. It was of great advantage that a computer where you could point and click would result in something. But, in the background of things Apple Computers found success with the “Macintosh” there was another CEO and company making moves towards making GUI a characteristic to their own computer. The competitor of Apple Computers at the time was Microsoft. Bill Gates and Microsoft released their own version of the GUI titled “Windows”. Which also became a commercial success.
The creation of GUI lead to anyone not having knowledge of a computer to being able to use a computer on sight. It made commercial computers simple to operate with the customization of windows, buttons, and icons. It gave personal computers a new image of being friendly and not boring like they were before.