Apple didn't survive the 90s and early 00s because it was anything special. It survived because the design industry was keeping it alive. Steve Jobs early on gave a shit about design tools on Mac so it became a de facto standard for graphic design.
Same goes for Windows and business desktop use. There is a lot to like and not like about it, but it focused on tools and device management in a way that made business happen.
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