The one thing Bill Gates understood immediately but Steve Jobs took 20 years to realize – Houston Chronicle

According to “Strategy Rules,” a book written by two prominent business-school professors, David Yoffie and Michael Cusumano, Gates’ ability to quickly grasp the value of an “industry-spanning platform rather than merely products” was what made Microsoft a dominant PC player within a few years. […] Gates understood it from the get-go, while it took Apple’s Steve Jobs over two decades to realize it, the book’s authors write. Gates had this in mind when he built the Windows operating system, where third-party developers were allowed to create software applications on top of it. Even the first iPhone wasn’t going to have a store for third-party applications, but other execs at Apple persuaded Jobs to open up the iPhone operating system so outside developers could build their own applications on top of it in 2008.

Source: The one thing Bill Gates understood immediately but Steve Jobs took 20 years to realize – Houston Chronicle