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Columnist downplays Tiger features, \"innovation\"

updated 07:30 pm EDT, Mon May 16, 2005

Innovation questioned

NewsFactor's Dave Kearns says Apple is "praised as an innovator" in situations where Microsoft would be "denounced as a ." With the latest released of Mac OS X, known as Tiger, Apple has incorporated several features seemingly inspired by third-party add-ons. "It appears that what Apple has done with Tiger is to take meaningful, desirable third-party services and applications and 'roll their own' inside the operating system, thus presenting users with a fuller package of features." The third parties that had been providing many Tiger-like features for Mac OS X as add-ons now "are left out in the cold." Kearns also claims all of Tiger's "revolutionary" features were already available from Microsoft Windows. "I guess it all depends on how you keep score."

by MacNN Staff





  1. mugwump

    Joined: Dec 1969




    Please don't feed these trolls -- they get more hits from bogus mac articles than all their PC praise articles combined.

    Ah, and to think that MacNN was almost part of the NewsFactorNN.

  1. Zaren

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This is news?

    Apple's done this since the System 7 days. One of my favorite third-party apps was one that put a clock in your menu bar...

  1. MCroft

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ålways a good sign...

    I love it when windows-cranks slam on the Mac. It only happens when they've been forced to pay attention.

  1. ArcticBear

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I thought it was going to be a Konfabulator/Dashboard rant but it didn't even get _that_ far.

    Isn't Apple more likely to polish code, if not develop it themselves, where Microsoft would simply buy the company outright and turn their code into a bloated mess?

    Microsoft is a _convicted_ monopolist. It makes all the difference.

  1. cebritt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Which is it?

    Niche player or monopolist? It's hard to be both.

    And what does Windows have that's like Spotlight? Google desktop? Puh-lease...

  1. mblase

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Microsoft is a monopolist because their OS runs over 90% of the desktop computers out there. Apple is not a monopolist because they don't. Simple as that.

    As for "predatory"... well, yeah, it seems a bit nasty when any company copies another's features in their software. But EVERY company, in every business, does that. What's Apple going to do, stop improving their software because third-party shareware does the job almost as well?

  1. :dragonflypro:

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bitter Much?

    This 'opinion' article is more like a snide sideway comment and it had not so much as a breath of truth or merit.

    I am not aware of any technological comparison to Spotlight or Automator on windows. Dashboard seems to have more depth than Konfabulator and I am not privy to any other windows such app. I could go on, I won't.

    Well, I guess when a competitors OS is truly outshining your monolith you get defensive.


  1. ADeweyan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    SuperClock, Windowshade

    Two of the old third-party Desk Accessories that Apple built into later versions of the system.

    At least for Windowshade, I believe, they actually bought the software from the developer.

  1. debohun

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Microsoft’s approach may make more sense then Apple's. When MS buys out a company, they remove a competitor, reduce their R&D costs, and they reward the third party's effort that went into developing for the Windows platform. Companies like ResNova have dollars from Microsoft for their efforts, even if their products end up dead, whereas companies like Pixoria/Konfabulator have nothing from Apple except a kick in the teeth. It would perhaps be better for Apple to get past their "not invented here" attitude and to make more external purchases. With billions sitting in the bank, the purchase of Connectix for Virtual PC would have been a better investment than letting Microsoft have that crucial piece of technology, and a merger with Macromedia could have strengthened the Mac platform, whereas the merger with Adobe has the potential to seriously weaken it. All of Apple's strategic energies seems to be going into their media efforts, which are paying off handsomely--however, the lack of strategic efforts in the software arena could come back to haunt all of us.

  1. Steviant

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I wasn't aware that google desktop search was an API upgrade for windows that opened up instant search capabilities to all applications and added hooks into the NT kernel for third party plugins to NTFS to allow applications to index files instantly as they're added to the drive.

    I wonder when Google and Microsoft got so close that Microsoft allowed them access to their NTFS source so that they could make a derivative. Way to foster competition Microsoft!

    This shows that the US Dept. of Justice was all wrong about Microsoft, what a company!

    I was also not aware that dashboard was only capable of viewing the yahoo stock ticker, or that the yahoo stock ticker was in fact a translucent layer that takes over your entire desktop and allows you to display all sorts of useful widgets that have nothing to do with Yahoo or stocks. Amazing!

    What I'm really astounded about is how their webpage somehow managed to create that ripple effect, which I'm led to believe makes heavy use of pixel-shaders. Web developers, you need to start talking to Yahoo about how you can make full-screen translucent hardware-accellerated webpages that pop up when you press a key.

    What a treasure-trove of information for me that news article was. I'll have to try pressing F12 to access the confusingly named Yahoo stock ticker next time I'm in Windows.

    Meanwhile, everyone offering an instantly accessible indexed search for OS X must be crying into their cornflakes every morning since Apple crushed their business into dust. Oh wait. No one else was doing that were they?

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