What is GUI

Unless you are in the world of software, the term GUI is not normally the focal point of most conversations. However, if you moved your mouse pointer to click on the icon to get to this blog then you are a pro at using a Graphical User Interface or GUI operating system.  Let’s take a deeper look at the importance of GUI operating systems.

Why was GUI developed:

The history of the GUI began years ago, pre-dating most other operating systems. When you wanted to complete a task on your desktop, you had to type in text commands in the command-line interface, (CLI).  The number of possibilities was endless and the operating manuals were even greater.  Some times after an infinite number of ERROR messages, software developers created icons and arrows to improve efficiency in communicating and navigating your computer.

How does GUI work:

Think of GUI as being the translator between the user and the computer/device. The computer’s operating system speaks its own ‘one-line command’ language and it is obviously not a universal language. GUI’s use a pointer (arrow) that is controlled by a mouse as the navigation tool for the user to interact with visual icons.  A series of actions are initiated when the user click’s on the icon or graphic, leading to the need for further direction and input from the user.  Fast forward 30 years to the invention of smart devices and cell phones. A GUI operating system is utilized during every interaction with the touchscreen, in fact, smart devices wouldn’t be so smart, if GUI systems didn’t exist.

What is an example of a GUI?

The most well-known examples of GUI operating systems are:

  • Apple macOS
  • Microsoft Windows
    • Word
    • Excel
    • Outlook
  • Internet Browsers


Like all things, there are advantages and disadvantages.  The most obvious advantage is that GUI operating systems are user-friendly, allowing any individual, regardless of technology IQ the ease of navigating a computer or smartphone.  This simplicity opened the world of technology to more than just programmers.  Disadvantages are beyond the scope of the typical user, so we will just stop there.  If you are reading this, and looking for software that is easy to use with a visually appealing and dynamic GUI operating system to engage your customers, members, or employee groups, you are in the right place. YCS Group® has a very user-friendly platform, all things included, to manage loyalty and retention solutions, and is customizable to your brand.


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