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: I'd like to know...
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 12th Oct 2009 19:58 UTC in reply to "I'd like to know..."
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I'd like to know what GNU and Linux have "stolen" (or copied) over the years...

Now go and mod me down to the hell.

Well according to Steve Ballmer, apparently around 200+ patents "at least."

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RE[2]: I'd like to know...
by DigitalAxis on Tue 13th Oct 2009 02:04 in reply to "RE: I'd like to know..."
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Yes, but how many of them are for things like "A mouse cursor that changes to an I-frame when it's over a textbox" or "A button that displays a menu of installed programs"?

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