“My recent video, which tweaked Microsoft for crowing about its ‘innovation’ in Windows Vista (without acknowledging its huge debt to Mac OS X), triggered plenty of reaction. It probably comes as no surprise that your comments quickly devolved into ‘which is better’ bickering, which will proably never end,” David Pogue blogs for The New York Timest.
“Some of you claim, with much anger and swearing, that Apple steals from Microsoft just as much as the other way,” Pogue writes. “My response to one such response: ‘You’re right–very few things were actually invented wholesale by Apple. The mouse, menus, overlapping windows, the CD drive, Wi-Fi wireless, and so on–all of these things were developed elsewhere.
‘But Apple *standardized* them. Chose them, recognized their potential, perfected them, made them over in its own way, and brought them to the masses.
‘In Vista, on the other hand, Microsoft did not select unrecognized features, did not have any particular vision in knowing what would work and what wouldn’t, did not put its own stamp on anything. It simply waited for Apple to recognize and perfect good technologies, then duplicated them bit for bit. Oh, and then claim to be a leader in innovation. That’s quite a difference!’”
Full article, with another example of Microsoft’s blatant copying, here.
MacDailyNews Take: Only the most severely deluded would think that Microsoft innovates. There is simply no record of sustained innovation coming out of Redmond. The fact is, we all use a Mac today in one form (the real thing) or another (the upside-down and backwards insecure kludge that is Windows). The Mac won long ago, even if the wrong guys did grab the bulk of the money. Windows Vista is yet another a poor copy of features from a combination of Mac OS X versions dating back over five years grafted onto the same old rusty Windows undercarriage. Microsoft’s not-long-for-this-world Zune is a particularly bad copy of Apple’s iPod+iTunes (bigger, thicker and uglier with the added bonus of poorer battery life + Zune software that won’t even install properly). The list of Microsoft’s appropriations from Apple and others goes on and on. Apple leads, Microsoft follows. As usual.
For those that misunderstand the whole “Apple Mac and Xerox PARC” thing, an essay discussing the relationship was written by Bruce Horn in 1996. Bruce was one of the main designers of the Macintosh software, and he worked at Xerox for years before that, so he’s uniquely qualified to discuss their relationship. Full article here.
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