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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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sdhays
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2007-03-13

I could be very mistaken, but I also believe the whole PostIt!/"Sticky Note" concept has been available in GNOME and KDE for ages...and may possibly pre-date related implementations in Win or Apple camps.


Umm...yeah, you're very mistaken on this. Stickies were in the Macintosh System 7 (and I believe System 6 too), which predates Gnome and KDE. Now, maybe it was first on some other system, but Gnome and KDE certainly didn't invent them.

This article made my head hurt, especially the part about Apple adding support for Microsoft Exchange. If you're going to use "adding support for someone else's products" as your definition for borrowing ideas, what's the point?

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