Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Oct 2008 19:02 UTC
Windows Windows 7 is out and about. Microsoft has been unusually secretive about Vista's successor, but now that PDC is under way, they have unveiled the various enhancements to the user interface. Windows 7 might not have any significant under-the-hood changes (in fact, all your applications and devices will still work), but on the outside, Windows 7 represents the biggest change for the Windows user interface ever since Windows 95 came out.
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RE[5]: Great artists steal
by BluenoseJake on Wed 29th Oct 2008 01:29 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Great artists steal"
BluenoseJake
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Actually, we're discussing desktop widgets. Oh, and how they weren't invented at Be, in 1999. The concept probably goes back farther than the TSRs and desktop accessories.

Maybe I was a bit harsh, but the whole song and dance about MS copying everyone is just nonsense. There isn't too much new under the GUI sun.

Try this:
http://arstechnica.com/articles/paedia/gui.ars

or this:
http://www.sensomatic.com/chz/gui/history.html

The whole history of the GUI is just one theft after another, by everybody. It's the same with widgets/gadgets. They are basically little utilities that do a simple task, that are easy to access, and easy (relatively) to make.

heck, half the people here could probably say "well, geez, back in *my day* we only saw OUR running processes and apps if we ran 'top'!" the other half, that was raised on a strict diet of DOS and windows would likely have no idea what that meant. and, frankly, 'top' is every bit as critical in the 'history of computing and computing interfaces'. furthermore, it's still being used today. regularly.


I never mentioned top, but you are certainly correct, but I would think that it's also a precursor to desktop accessories. My point was that computers aren't new, and most OSs and applications are based on decades of ideas and concepts.

Anyway, my point is that MS hasn't done anymore copying then anyone else.

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