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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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kryogenix
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2008-01-06

That article was the biggest crock of sh-t I've ever seen.

Remote Desktop - X-Windows had it since the beginning on UNIX systems back in the 80's. Not to mention NeXTStep.

Command Prompt - MS INVENTED THE COMMAND PROMPT?!??! BWAHAHAHHAH The CMD/Command.com shell has to be the weakest most feeble shell in existance. Interactive CLI shells have been around since the 50's and 60's. They are almost as old as the computer itself. Some of the earliest I've seen are OS/8 and DCL.

PowerShell is neat but the learning curve is steep and it doesn't even work correctly out of the box. Personally I'd rather just bang something out in TCL.

Forward/Back Buttons in Explorer Windows - This was kind of necessary for non-spatial filemanagers period. This is so obvious it doesn't count as innovation.

Time Machine - wow..... haven't people been doing incremental rsync backups forever? Is this not similar to CVS in some ways?

Hell, even the Windows minimize and close icons are just like NeXT.

This was obviously written by some retard kid, not a computing professional who has been around for a decade or two. His idea of innovation is silly as well. The real innovation is under the hood. Apple kicked MS's ass on the GUI front a LONG LONG time ago.

Comparisons like this just show the ignorance of Windows users who never bother to learn other platforms or even learn how their own platform actually works. This guy should have taken a trip to Wikipedia at least.

Under the hood there's no comparison between Windows and OS X. I'll take Snow Leopard and its rich elegant API's, free development environment and INDUSTRY STANDARD SHELLS AND TOOLS.

Not that I'm a mac zealot, I'm more of a BSD UNIX guy.

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boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

Comparisons like this just show the ignorance of Windows users who never bother to learn other platforms or even learn how their own platform actually works. This guy should have taken a trip to Wikipedia at least.


When I was in college (i.e. recently), I was eating with a friend who was a student-worker in the school's IT department. I was talking up the Ubuntu of the period, I forget which, when he said, "you know, you Linux people really should give Microsoft some credit for inventing the kernel." Not the NT kernel; the concept of a kernel in general, which apparently did not exist until NT.

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