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Apple copying Microsoft?

updated 09:40 am EST, Wed December 15, 2004

Apple copying Microsoft?

In an and has been since Steve Jobs returned to Apple: "Spotlight's biggest claims to fame, presumably, are its near-instant search results and support for document meta data, both of which are, again, planned features of Longhorn. But no matter. While Apple has been busy copping Windows features since Jobs returned to Apple in late 1996, the company's tiny market share ensures that very few people will benefit from Spotlight, despite Apple claims that it will deliver on desktop search a year before Microsoft ships Longhorn." Microsoft's MSN Toolbar Suite is available now as a public beta and will ship in the first quarter of 2005 as a free product, according to the report.




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  1. David Esrati

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    "search on windoze"????

    I've got a couple PCs in the office- I have a bunchh of Macs- the oldest mac can search an 80gig drive for a file in a second- all our windows machines- running the latest OS- and "faster" processors- 2.8 ghz- take an eternity to just find a word doc.
    Apple has had Windows beat in search from day one. I don't know how they could be copying M$- what's this guy smoking?

  1. burger

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Windows?

    What is this amazing Windows, and how can I buy one?

  1. johnny66ch

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Who cares?

    I care only about improvements in efficiency. To be able to get things done quicker, more intuitively and in less steps. Think workflow.

    I don't really care about what is planned for Longhorn. I'll only believe it when I can use the new features productively. But I already can test spotlight on the Tiger builds, and this will rock!

  1. wooster

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Paul again

    This is not his first attack on Mac OS X on M$ behalf - the guy is probably as fugly as Steve (monkeyboy) Ballmer and has no friends :-)

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    a request

    all comments about thurrott should begin with "what an a**."

    isn't it funny that a company can copy features and then release them a full year ahead of the company that originally created them?! i'm sure a** thurrott will next claim that quartz extreme is copied from longhorn as well, and apple released that what, 2-3 years in advance of longhorn? maybe isync was copied from some windows technology that's coming in 2010, which is probably the year of the release after longhorn.

    oh and watch out world, apple copied .mac from microsoft too. in 2014 windows users will get similar benefits!

  1. turtle777

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Mwahahahaha

    Paul Thurrott is such an IDIOT !
    It's beyond comparison.

  1. csimon2

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Who would want to...

    This type of thing is exactly why I could NEVER become a more than on-occasion Windows user. Sure, Longhorn MAY offer lightning fast search results, but if I have to open a separate app to do so, then how is that any more efficient than Sherlock? Apple's approach of blending in the search app as a contextual top menu is exponentially more efficient and useful to me.

  1. Roehlstation

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Introduction

    Pot, this is Kettle....Kettle, this is Pot.

  1. JohnnyFive

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    How much?

    Did Microsoft pay him to regurgitate their press releases and repackage it into a news article/feature?

    Come on Paul, if you care so much about Apple plagiarizing Microsoft, you at least owe your readers a laundry list of which features were copied and when. I think you're just looking to incite a libel suit from Cupertino.

  1. Visnaut

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Cry me a river

    "the company's tiny market share ensures that very few people will benefit from Spotlight, despite Apple claims that it will deliver on desktop search a year before Microsoft ships Longhorn."

    It's sad that one who purports to be a journalist can write such bitter comments. He so 'despises' the Apple platform that he wants to reassure himself with the overwhelming number of Windows-using sheep will never know that Apple has an edge over Windows.

    What truly surprises me is how anyone, much less a tech writer, can be so spiteful to what amounts to a computer platform. What's the point? People use the tools that are best suited to them, leave it be. He seems to me like one of those poor souls who never fully grew out of puberty and still has the incessant need to prove himself and his choices to everyone, and attempt to insult and drive into the ground those who respectfully disagree.

    I pity him, I really do...

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