Xerox Star


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Xerox Star

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Xerox Star

The workstation from Xerox that officially introduced the graphical user interface and desktop metaphor in 1981. It was the inspiration for Xerox's subsequent computers and for Apple's Lisa and Macintosh. All graphical user interfaces owe their roots to the Star. Approximately 30,000 were sold. See Alto, Lisa and Macintosh.


The Star User Interface
If the graphical interface and simulated desktop in this picture seem amazingly similar to the Macintosh and Windows, there is a reason why. That is where they both came from. (Image courtesy of Palo Alto Research Center.)
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The main commercial systems popularizing windows were the Xerox Star (1981), the Apple Lisa (1982), and most importantly the Apple Macintosh (1984).
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Subsequently Xerox sued Apple for implementing the Macintosh system, which derives some general concepts from the earlier Xerox Star system.