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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[2]: Call me crazy, but
by bert64 on Tue 13th Oct 2009 09:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Call me crazy, but"
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"isn't it possible for two companies to come up with similar concepts independently of one another.

Although it's very unlikely there is a recent example not from the OS wars, but from the browser wars. I'm talking about the super/awesome/whatever bar introduced in Firefox 3 and Opera 9.5, with the two releases being a week apart.

But consider that the Mozilla code would have been available in snapshot form for quite a while before the official release, while Opera is developed internally.

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