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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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8. Network Shares Automatically Appearing
by phoenix on Mon 12th Oct 2009 20:24 UTC
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Microsoft didn't "copy" this from MacOS X, as it was available in Windows XP, and enabled by default. I don't have any Windows 2000 installs to check against, but it's probably even in there. It's that little Folder Option "Automatically search for network shares and printers". And they automatically show up in the folder list under Windows Networking (or similar, don't have an XP machine handy to check the exact wording). This even worked for Novell network shares.

I know Windows 98 has something similar for network printers. It's really annoying to have 20+ "Auto" printers appear in Windows when you connect a laptop to a corporate network (and some home networks). Just move to a proper print server setup already!!

Can't remember if Win98 supported the automatic searching of network shares or not.

Edited 2009-10-12 20:29 UTC

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