Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Dec 2008 21:13 UTC, submitted by shaneco
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Is Windows 7 leaning too much towards the Mac side of life? Many Microsoft bloggers are saying that it does, that Windows 7 is too much "form over function", something they accuse Apple of. While superficially they may have a point, the differences between Windows and Mac OS X are still glaringly obvious. Are a few changes to the taskbar enough to make Windows OS X-like? Bloggers like Mary-Jo Foley, Paul Thurrot, and others seem to think so.
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Makes no sense!
by Hussein on Fri 5th Dec 2008 23:42 UTC
Hussein
Member since:
2008-11-22

Why would Microsoft inventor of the most successful OS in history, copy from Apple with its useless OS that has little market share and no applications?
The new Taskbar in Windows 7, copies from Windows 1, 2, 3, 9x and XP. It doesn't copy from Apple. The new taskbar is more useful, and functional than Apple's silly dock.
Plus Microsoft allows you to instal the OS wherever you want, unlike Apple, I do believe Apple has the right to restrict the use of its OS.

Microsoft 1 - Apple 0

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RE: Makes no sense!
by DavidSan on Sat 6th Dec 2008 00:16 in reply to "Makes no sense!"
DavidSan Member since:
2008-11-18

Well... Microsoft has done the same thing over and over since the beginning.

Even though Microsoft is very successful, it is not because of its technology. It is because its business model... No one can argue that.

Microsoft is very good selling its stuff.

However, if you are looking into technology, Microsoft has always been a me-too, cheap wanna-be.

Windows, Office, XBox, Zune, Explorer, MSN .... All of their products were thought, developed or invented by some one else.

They have a natural, when it comes to see future business, but inventing them it is not in its nature. And it make sense, since innovation is a very big risk. Business do not like risks, they like profit.

Apple has made terrible decisions in the past (Managers and CEOs) and they are still paying for them. However, its technology is another thing. Certainly, good to admire and copy.

To each his own!

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RE[2]: Makes no sense!
by BluenoseJake on Sat 6th Dec 2008 01:28 in reply to "RE: Makes no sense!"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

MSN? Chat has been around since unix was invented, every bodies chat client works the same, so MSN is out.

Office? Excel was one of the first killer apps for the Mac back in the early 80s, and all spreadsheets owe their existents to Visicalc, so that is also out. WordPerfect, MS Word, Openoffice, they all were preceded by wordstar and others.

Zune? Apple wasn't the first one to come up with a portable flashed based music player, they've been aroun d for about 15 years.

Explorer? Come on, all filemanagers have to work in similar ways, and I'll say that explorer works a hell of a lot better than Finder or Nautilus, IMHO.

The GUI desktop hasn't had much innovation really in about 15-20 years, even apple didn't invent the dock, or spatial browsing, or music players, or smart phones. OS X was acquired when they engulfed NeXT.

MS practically invented the RAD development model with Visual Basic 1.0, so I guess they didn't copy that either, and that shows they can innovate.

There isn't too much new under the sun these days, and in the software world, everybody copies everybody.

Edited 2008-12-06 01:29 UTC

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v RE: Makes no sense!
by Matt24 on Sat 6th Dec 2008 02:47 in reply to "Makes no sense!"
RE: Makes no sense!
by Soulbender on Mon 8th Dec 2008 17:44 in reply to "Makes no sense!"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Why would Microsoft inventor of the most successful OS in history, copy from Apple with its useless OS that has little market share and no applications


Because that's how it works, in every industry? Inventions are made by small, more or less independent companies that usually lack the resources to take their stuff mainstream. Invention gets noticed by big company X who then either "steals" it or just acquire the company.

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