Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Nov 2009 20:40 UTC
Windows Okay, so this is new. When it comes to graphical user interfaces, everyone is copying everyone, but you'll always find supporters of platform Abc claiming platform Xyz is stealing from them - and vice versa. Mac supporters have often stated that Vista and Windows 7 were copying from Apple, and according to Microsoft's partner group manager, Simon Aldous, this is true. Wait, what?
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"in what ways is Windows similar to Mac OS X?"

These are the obvious references I spoke of and have been rehashed to death time and time again. Frankly I'm surprised that you require reminding considering this is a topic that is repeated so commonly on sites such as this. Here's a short list: Mouse Cursor, folders, icons, desktop metaphor, trash can, drop-down menus etc.

Perhaps you feel that the debate is mitigated because Apple purchased very basic UI concepts from Xerox and built on those? First, is that "stealing" if they acquired something by way of compensation. Secondly, the UI concepts that Xerox had developed were so far removed from what eventually shipped in the first Mac OS that I'm always surprised that anyone would make such a case if they knew the history. Being the editor of a semi popular OS blog, I would assume that you do in fact know the history, so I'll assume that you forgot about all those similarities that Microsoft stole from Apple.

"in what ways is 7 similar to Snow Leopard?"

I mentioned that these items are far less specific and thus don't warrant a bulleted list. With that said, they already said that OS X was their inspiration for 7 so this is not something that even needs to be debated anyways. There are however some obvious things that were direct lifts from OS X. A couple are the dock and stacks. Though it could be argued that they did make some improvements on these, to suggest that these two weren't inspired by OS X is delusional... especially so when they already said as much.

"Since you claim it's so obvious: please enlighten a poor sod like me."

I said what was obvious was the similarities between Windows and Macintosh. Not the similarities between the more recent changes that took place in 7 as compared to Leopard and Snow Leopard.

Edited 2009-11-11 21:59 UTC

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