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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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ari-free
Member since:
2007-01-22

yes but when they did have a gui, like on the mac, they didn't run it off the CLI. It took a long time for microsoft to quit running Windows off of dos.

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zlynx Member since:
2005-07-20

There wasn't much inherently CLI about DOS, just that the default application run after boot was usually COMMAND.COM

The Apple Macintosh had a CLI application from 1985: the Apple development environment MPW. Very Unixy.

Would it have made everyone feel better if Windows had made a new WIN.COM program that called all the appropriate DOS routines to launch itself from DOS without a command line?

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

yes but when they did have a gui, like on the mac, they didn't run it off the CLI. It took a long time for microsoft to quit running Windows off of dos.


It took them 4 releases of Windows before they started running Windows without DOS. Or does everyone forget about Windows NT 3.1?

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