Switcher

Folklore is a great site and this story is amazing… Andy Hertzfeld meets one on one with both Bill Gates and Steve Jobs while developing and selling the first application switcher — Switcher — for the Mac.

I mentioned Andy Hertzfeld’s wonderful Folklore web site right after it debuted, and if you have any sense at all, you’re obsessively reading each new article as it’s published. But in case you aren’t, Hertzfeld’s story about Switcher — the first multitasking software for the Mac (circa 1985) — is just amazing. Switcher was so cool, and the Mac so important to Microsoft, that Hertzfeld negotiated with Bill Gates one-on-one for the rights. And, of course, Gates tried to screw him. It’s a great story. [Daring Fireball]

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