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David Pogue 'proves' Vista is innovative

updated 07:00 pm EST, Thu December 14, 2006

David Pogue on Vista

A new video has surfaced on the NewYorkTimes.com front page featuring columnist David Pogue as he sarcastically attempts to prove to the world that Microsoft's Windows Vista is not a 'rip off' of Mac OS X. As the first major revision Microsoft's operating system since Windows XP, Pogue points out that Vista required five years and 50 million lines of code to create. The columnist covers such features as 'flippy triangles' in Vista which appear strikingly similar to Apple's 'disclosure triangles' -- small icons which open folders that have served as a core feature in Mac OS for numerous years -- as well as Vista's calendar program that appears nearly identical to Apple's iCal software. The video also shows Vista's photo organization software in operation, which appears to work in almost the exact same way as Mac OS X's iPhoto application. Pogue also delves into Apple's Spotlight technology vs. Microsoft's search capability in the Start Menu, Apple's 'Widgets' vs. Microsoft's 'Gadgets,' and both company's 3D chess software.




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  1. tribaltattoos

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    heh

    that was actually pretty entertaining :)

  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hehe

    very funny. after seeing that, i can totally agree that MS did NOT 'copy' OS X =)

    lol

  1. l008com

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    haha

    this is a good video

  1. coldfusion1970

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Ha ha ha

    Great video and right on the front cover of the NY Times. His evidence about Spotlight and Windows search was just too convincing :-)

  1. theKiwi

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    The Ending

    The ending convinced me - X for Vista baby, or was that V for Mac OS X?

  1. Clive

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Disclosure triangles?

    I'm pretty sure Apple ripped off Windows with the disclosure triangles thing - not that I'm an MS fan. They also ripped off the idea of aliases, and the fixing of alias paths, which also appeared in Windows first.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Clive

    Get real! Check Mac OS X 7 or 8 and revise your statement please.

  1. BDLatimer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    not quite, clive

    Actually, Windows has had the "+"/"-" characters for expanding/contracting file lists for quite a while; whereas, I believe System 7 (perhaps 6) implemented the animated disclosure triangles for its List view. Keep in mind, Mac OS X uses these disclosure triangles for much more than just the Finder, though - dialog boxes, preference windows, etc. all can utilize such controls to hide/show additional details as desired.

    Windows 95 had shortcuts which were purely PATH-based references - meaning, much like Unix symbolic links, if you move or rename the original target, the shortcut/symlink will break. Conversely, System 7's aliases contain a reference to the target file's catalog entry, so it will still point to that item even through such manipulations.

    Overall, MS has ... imitated many more features from Apple OSes, than the opposite. But, in all cases, innovations regarding user-friendly behaviors or UI additions benefit ALL computer users. I just happen to believe that Mac OS X does a better job in integrating such features into a coherent whole.

  1. eeboarder

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    nicely put

    ^ |

  1. Raccoon

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    a riot

    if anything, the video showed all of Apples better instituted ideas/programs and innovation. And once again, how MS took 5 yeeeears to copy apple.... [the video is now from the main page by clicking 'more video']

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