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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"ah, so we're back in the '80s."

The point was whether Microsoft had a history of copying interfaces. You had implied they didn't.

"I can name a few things Apple copied from Microsoft, then: protected memory, pre-emptive multitasking, SMP support."

First of all, these aren't interfaces, second, Microsoft simply released these technologies before Apple. They didn't create them. Apple didn't copy them. Apple was held back by an outdated OS. With that said, NeXT was first to incorporate those technologies anyways. Considering that OS X *IS* NeXT, your watered down attempt to illustrate copying on Apple's part is even more mitigated.

"Uhm, the article even clearly mentions that: in the grand scheme of things, Windows, Mac OS X, and GNOME are pretty much the exact same thing. If you can use Windows, you can use the others too without any problems, and vice versa."

So, you're saying that because everyone has held Mac OS as the standard to attain that somehow that makes subsequent efforts to copy Apple's work a non issue?

"However, within the boundaries set by these UIs themselves, the differences between Windows and Mac OS X are quite blatant in almost every way"

I never said that there aren't differences.

"I'll rehash the list again: Aero doesn't look anything like Aqua, application management on Windows is different, file management is different, and most importantly, the approach to document vs. application is decidedly different."

Yet they did aspire to be Mac-like as was the whole point of the story to which my point was that this is simply something they have always done yet Microsoft apologists always denied.

Edited 2009-11-11 22:25 UTC

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