Meacham: Plug-and-play differentiates successful entrepreneurs from everyone elsePublished: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 By: Scott Meacham Source: NewsOK
In the information technology world, one of the great goals of design bears the moniker of “plug-and-play.”
The idea is that new IT software or devices work perfectly as intended the minute they are installed or connected without any action or learning from the user.
The concept has been around since the 1930s, when ads for vacuum tube radios touted “plug in and play.” It became mainstream when, in the mid-1990s, Microsoft and Intel came out with a hardware standard that managed the installation handshake between PCs and new peripheral devices.
Microsoft carried the concept even further with software until, today, it is hard to imagine buying a laptop, an iPhone, or any other technology device that doesn’t instantly work when we connect it and turn it on.