Linked by snydeq on Mon 12th Oct 2009 15:24 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces InfoWorld's John Rizzo chronicles the 20 most significant ideas and features Microsoft and Apple have stolen from each other in the lead up to Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard. 'Some features were stolen so long ago that they've become part of the computing landscape, and it's difficult to remember who invented what.' Windows 7's Task Bar and Aero Peek come to mind as clear appropriations of Mac OS X's Dock and Expose. Apple's cloning of the Windows address bar in 2007's Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard as the path bar is another obvious 'inspiration.' But the borrowing goes deeper, Rizzo writes, providing a screenshot tour of Microsoft's biggest grabs from Mac OS X and Apple's most significant appropriations of Windows OS ideas and functionality.
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RE[2]: I'd like to know...
by AaronD on Mon 12th Oct 2009 19:27 UTC in reply to "RE: I'd like to know..."
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100% from scratch inovation is rare these days, virtually everything has its roots in something else.

I would argue that innovation never happens and has never happened from scratch. Nothing is ever created in a vacuum. Everything "new" is influenced by what came before it.

J. Michael Straczynski said one time that "good writers borrow, bad writers steal." A good writer will take old ideas and add to them. The same thing happens in all of the other creative arts including coding and engineering.

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