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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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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