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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: wrong wron wrong.....
by mallard on Sat 17th Oct 2009 19:14 UTC in reply to "wrong wron wrong....."
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Errors I've spotted (there are probably more):

Features apple stole from Windows
* (1) It could be argued that both Windows and Mac sidebars hail from the folder tree pane in the Windows 3.1 File Manager and probably beyond.
* (3) The back and forward buttons in folder views first appeared in the IE4 desktop update for Windows 95 and shipped in Windows 98, not 2000 as it says.
* (5) Remote desktop connection is simply the name that Terminal Services is given in client versions of Windows. As such it has been around since NT4.
* (6) Microsoft did not invent backup. While MS OS's have included a backup utility since DOS (5.0?), I doubt it was the first OS to do so.
* (7) From System 7 to 9, the Control Panels folder was a real filesystem folder that held the control panels. They had to be in this folder to be loaded on startup. Windows 95 copied the UI, but made it a virtual folder (view). Prior to system 7, it was a desk accessory, you could say that Mac OS X is simply a return to the pre-System 7 way of doing it.
* (10) This is just silly. Sure Apple didn't have a command prompt prior to OS X, but adding one is simply an artifact of the UNIX underpinnings, not an attempt to copy Microsoft.

Features Microsoft stol from Mac OS X
* (4) Windows first recieved image previews (and a slightly-hidden optional thumbnail view) in the aforementioned IE4 desktop update/Windows 98. Well before OS X existed.
* (8) It was possible to save searches in Windows 95, 98 and NT4, but the option was lost in Windows 2000, only to reappear in a slightly different form in Vista.
* (9) A tree view of network shares on the left of file icons first appeared as part of the "Windows Explorer" interface in Windows 95 and has been available in every version of Windows since. The Windows 7 "placed bar" could be seen as a slight tweak of the explorer functionality.

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