February 4, 1997: Apple Buys NeXT

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    elppa

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    The answer's fairly simple and pragmatic:
    NeXT had fundamentally better technology than Apple or most of the rest of the industry at the time.

    They also had something else important: great development environment. The success of the app store is vindication of the NeXTStep (cocoa) development environment if given the right conditions. I'd also argue that Mac OS X has a higher base level of software quality than OS 9 or Windows, but that is quite subjective.

    Aside from that there were other bonuses in buying NeXT:
    # The development environment could produce software which ran on a number of platforms.
    # The WebObjects framework (AppleStore, iTunes)
    # Scott Forestall, Avie Tevanian, Bertrand Serlet, Steve Jobs — bright people.
     
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    MacsRgr8

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    What elppa said. :)

    IMHO, this is THE moment of Apple's recent history.
    Steve back, NeXTSTEP >> OPENSTEP >> Rhapsody >> Mac OS X... and, yes.. all on Intel ;)
     
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    dolphin842

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    Looking back on it all, it really is interesting to see how well the core NeXTSTEP platform has held up in its various iterations over the years. Funny how OS X is arguably considered the 'most advanced' OS, yet it's based on technical and development paradigms set up in the 90s. A good bit of foresight there.
     

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