Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th May 2008 03:15 UTC
Windows I personally doubted that Windows 7 would make an actual appearance during the Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer joint interview up on stage at the D6 conference, but as it turns out, it has made an appearance. During an interview conducted by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher about Ballmer and Gates' past, present, and future, a short demo was given of Windows 7.
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RE[3]: Finally
by mallard on Wed 28th May 2008 13:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Finally"
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As another poster correctly realised, my point was that MS *always* come "late to the party". Weather they licence/buy a product or simply copy it is irrelevent.

Some further notes:

I know that Microsoft has "always" had a search engine, however, their presence has never been all that significant and, until Google became dominant, they didn't seem to care.

Windows did not just copy others at it's inception, but also throughout its development. The Windows 95 explorer shell is so similar to the contemporary Mac OS (with a bit of NextSTEP thrown in) that it's not even funny.

Yes, MS bought QDOS (like I said, they sometimes buy the competition rather than copy), but even QDOS was basically a CP/M clone.

I do not know the exact reasons behind the MS/IBM "split" over OS/2 and NT, but the fact remains that NT is somewhat "inspired" by OS/2. It also copies VMS, Netware and UNIX.

WordPerfect was not the only predecessor to Word, but probably the most popular.

Excel was certianly not the first GUI spreadsheet. Both Visi-On and the Apple Lisa included a spreadsheet in 1983. However, 123 was certainly the most popular spreadsheet before Excel.

The situation with Mosaic, IE and Netscape is complicated, but Microsoft still came *very* late to the party ("The Internet? We are not interested in it" -- Bill Gates, 1993 (may be apocryphal)).

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