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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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Pretty Useless Article
by REM2000 on Mon 12th Oct 2009 21:31 UTC
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Ive never seen the phrase "Standing on the shoulders of Giants" so apt.

All OS's borrow from each other, they all stand on each other to push computers forward. It tends to be a modern thing were people think that features are stolen, due to crap like patents. In the early days people where sharing ideas from each other all the time.

Same thing happens in the car industry, Volvo invented seat belts, Merc's gave us ABS brakes. Good ideas evolve and are adopted, i see this as natural progression. At the end of the day a good idea is a good idea and i hope it gets included with all three major os's, i wouldn't want to be a snob and think that because im using a mac that no one else can share clever features / ideas and i have exclusive use.

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