“Steve Jobs today used his keynote speech at the Apple WWDC 2006 conference to take a dig at Microsoft and its Vista operating system as well as outline a number of features in the company’s new operating system [Leopard],” Stuart Miles reports for Pocket-lint.

“Aside from announcing a plethora of new hardware, Jobs used the speech to accuse Microsoft of copying its operating system Tiger. ‘Instead of having the menu on the top right, they have it on the bottom left. Another major technology is RSS. We have a browser that’s simple and elegant and added Safari RSS. Guess what? IE7 RSS.’ One blog reported Jobs saying in his speech to a packed theatre,” Miles reports.

Miles reports, “When about to show off new features of the company’s latest operating system; Leopard, Jobs is reported to have said ‘Redmond – start your photocopiers.’ However, that didn’t stop the CEO announcing a piece of software called Time Machine that sounds all too familiar to Microsoft’s System Restore.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s Time Machine that sounds all too familiar to Microsoft’s System Restore? If you’re deaf, maybe, or have little or no idea about which you’re writing. Apple’s “Time Machine” is to Microsoft’s “System Restore” as the word processor is to the typewriter. How does Microsoft show the user how far back in time to go restore? With a calendar. A calendar! That’s really helpful, if you’re a computer. But – note to Microsoft – you’re not a computer, you’re a human being. So, understanding the obvious, Apple has designed “Time Machine” for actual living, breathing people (this is the whole difference between Mac vs. Windows in a nutshell, by the way). Time machine shows you exactly what you need to see visually, so you quickly know exactly how far back to go and you’re done. Typically primitive Microsoft lets you stare at a nondescript, not-very-useful plain old calendar and guess at what you want, as usual.

And remember, Microsoft’s all-or-nothing, ham-handed “solution” exists because their OS is so flaky, bug-ridden, and inept at basic security, they need it; Apple’s is for helping the user if they happen to make a mistake and dump a file or folder they might need in the future.

Ironically, given Microsoft’s continuous and unending delays with Windows Vista and Office, a time machine is exactly what they need most.

How Apple Mac OS X Leopard’s “Time Machine” works:

How Microsoft’s System Restore forces the user to try to do all the work: