Linked by snydeq on Mon 12th Oct 2009 15:24 UTC
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: Call me crazy, but
by WereCatf on Mon 12th Oct 2009 19:47 UTC in reply to "Call me crazy, but"
WereCatf
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2006-02-15

isn't it possible for two companies to come up with similar concepts independently of one another

Of course it is, it's just highly unlikely. Though, there is nothing wrong with taking an existing good idea and implementing it. Even better if you take the idea and improve on it. There rarely happens any really new innovations in the computing landscape. Usually everything builds on something someone else has come up with. As such it is silly to start complaining about someone copying another one. It happens in EVERY field of life, and it is actually the reason why we have gotten even as far as we are as an almost-sentient race.

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