NY Times’ Pogue on Gates’ CES demo: Most of Vista features unadulterated ripoffs from Apple Mac OS X

“The highlight of opening night–OK, the only light–was the annual keynote presentation by Bill Gates and his team,” David Pogue writes for The New York Times. “The best part was a demonstration of Windows Vista, the next version of Windows, which Microsoft still says it will ship before the end of 2006. The audience in the standing-room-only auditorium was treated to a show of some features that hadn’t been previously demonstrated.”

Here’s an annotated blow-by-blow by Pogue:
• Transparent window edges. They’re cool, sure; but exactly how many times, in your work life, have you muttered, “Darn! If only I could see just the part of the background window that’s currently obscured by the 1/3-inch margin of the foreground window”?
• Widgets. It’s a lot like the Dashboard in Mac OS X (or the shareware Konfabulator that came before it), except that apparently, you can’t put the widgets anywhere on the screen you like.
• 3-D application switcher. It’s a lot like the Exposé feature in Mac OS X, except that you don’t get to see all of the windows simultaneously; you have to walk through them one at a time with the mouse or keyboard.
• Global, fast search. Vista can now find words in any of your files, quickly and easily, just like the Spotlight feature of Mac OS X.
• Photo organization. Vista’s couldn’t look more like Apple’s iPhoto program if you ran it through a copying machine.

“If I seem to be laying on the ‘stolen from Apple’ language a bit thick, you’re darned right. Ordinarily, I’m careful about making accusations like this, because I know I’ll get hammered by Apple bashers. But in this case, there’s not a shred of doubt: most of the features Microsoft demonstrated last night were pure, unadulterated ripoffs from Mac OS X. I could hear actual whispers of recognition from the audience around me,” Pogue writes. “Anyway, all of this will be nice to have, if it works and doesn’t require us all to buy new computers to run it. But I think that what most people want from the next Windows isn’t more stuff added, but rather stuff to be taken away–like crashes, lockups, viruses, error messages and security holes.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews reader “Whit” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: The fact — which is plainly obvious to anyone who’s used a Mac and Windows at any time in history (Classic Mac OS and now with Mac OS X) — is that Bill Gates and Microsoft are frauds, of course. And more and more people are finding it out with each passing day. People who only use Windows are as happy as pigs in you-know-what, which is a perfectly appropriate analogy; and, no, we’re not calling Windows-only sufferers outside of RealNetworks’ corner office “pigs,” we’re referring to the what-Windows-is portion of the analogy. Windows-only users will swoon for Vista, unless Apple finally decides to properly educate them first. Everyone else will continue to disdain Gates and Microsoft for being such rampant charlatans.

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  1. And they called them innovative?

    Innovation by copying?

    Through out the computers history, we can clearly see that there is alwasys the one who innovate, and the rest are just simply following.

    Proud to say that, Apple is always innovate, and the rest is just copying.


  2. The sad thing is that all those Windows users out there are going to believe that Microsoft actually invented these things… They won’t even know that Apple was there years ahead.

  3. Oh, Come On!

    Steve (Apple) did say, at the previous WWDC:

    “Redmond, Start Your Photocopiers!”

    And you’re griping because Bill listened? It’s flattery. Who was the author who said, “Good artists borrow. Great artists steal!” By stealing, he meant to make the idea their own – i.e. build on it or use it in a unique way. From these reports, and using this quote as a guide, it seems that Bill & co. are borrowing from Apple, not stealing.

  4. “OH MY GOD, peoples eyes are finally opening……”

    Whose eyes are those? The author of the article? David Pogue? Only one of the most knowledgeable Mac columnists on the face of the Earth? Like he didn’t know already ?!?? If I wasn’t a dedicated Mac user, I’d accuse the NYT of extremely biased reporting by assigning him to write that column, he is too biased in favor of the Mac.

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