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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Speaking of steeling ideas...

I was thinking about what examples Apple provides for anti-software-patent campaigns. Before they adopted FreeBSD, did they have patents on their previous low-level system?

If they did, then it's an example of parallel efforts, one copyright based and one patent based, with the patent based effort finally admitting that the copyright based effort had produced much better software.

If anyone knows of the patent status of Apple's previous low level software, that'd be very useful. Thanks.

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