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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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RE[3]: I'd like to know...
by StephenBeDoper on Mon 12th Oct 2009 22:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I'd like to know..."
StephenBeDoper
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2005-07-06

J. Michael Straczynski said one time that "good writers borrow, bad writers steal."


A good position for him to take, since B5 drew heavily from Tolkien ;)

Or, as one of my former design profs used to put it: "There are no original ideas, so make sure you steal from the best."

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