Apple and Microsoft: WHO STOLE WHAT FROM WHOM [add to the list!!!]

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  1. michael-appleru macrumors regular

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    Today, I come not to you for help, but to you for a discussion.

    WHO STOLE WHAT FROM WHOM

    Apple Stole:


    Microsoft Stole:
    iPod (Zune) -competing product
    iMovie (Windows Movie Maker)
    iCal (Calendar included with Vista)
    iPhoto (included with Vista)
    100% stolen- Chess (Chess program included with Vista{a COMPLETE duplicate of Apple's Chess})
    Dashboard and Widgets
    Spotlight



    Please correct me if I'm wrong and more to this list
    Thanks for your help
     
  2. furcalchick macrumors 68020

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    ms stole also, iphoto, expose, aqua, os x, the start menu.
     
  3. yg17 macrumors G5

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    There's a difference between blatant stealing and making a competing product. I think it's fair to say that iWork and the Zune fall under the latter. WMM, Chess and Calendar can go either way, I haven't used them enough to say what they are.
     
  4. michael-appleru thread starter macrumors regular

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    What has Apple stole from Microsoft?? It is a two way street right???
     
  5. psychofreak Retired

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    Chess is one one the list I see as a COMPLETE rip-off, not just a competitor.

    MS stole Widgets, and turned them into Gadgets...
     
  6. psychofreak Retired

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    Whaa!? Take these off the list please...

    There are examples of MS copying Aqua, but the Vista UI is MUCH worse. The start menu? And OSX, what the hell?

    MS now has built in search, but this can be seen either as a rip-off of spotlight, or a natural evolution.

    iWork is NOT a theft by Apple from MS...at all...
     
  7. EngBrian macrumors regular

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    I was under the impression that MS demoed sidebar before dashboard came out.
     
  8. decksnap macrumors 68040

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    Pages is not a ripoff or competitor to Word. They have two different goals.
     
  9. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    agree, Pages is more like a competitor to Publisher
     
  10. decksnap macrumors 68040

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    The only crossover between iWork and Office is keynote/powerpoiint. You might want to clarify that.

    I believe Apple 'stole' fast user switching.
     
  11. boganrulz macrumors member

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    Apple Didnt steal Office

    :mad:


    Ppl should no that appple didnt steal office. Bill gates saw that having Office in a mac would gt him lots of money. He let Mac use office. And became a stock holder for apple. He ownes 10% of apple. Thats why apple has, thay didnt steal it bill let them:)

    Apple doesnt sink that low
    Boganrulz wz here
     
  12. Oryan macrumors 6502a

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    Then again you could say Apple stole those from Konfabulator.
     
  13. decksnap macrumors 68040

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    What a misguided post. Microsoft makes Office Mac, not Apple.
     
  14. psychofreak Retired

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    The only clear "stole from" instead of "inspired by, and took a bit to improve their product" is Chess...

    Its quite likely MS wouldn't have had tabs in IE7 without Firefox, but its not really fair to say they 'stole' them, is it?
     
  15. boganrulz macrumors member

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    Yes i no that microsoft makes office. my point was tha mac didnt steal it microsoft let them for a price.
    :apple: gives Microsoft shares microsoft gives :apple: office
    Boganrulz wz here

    PS and might i say it is still on Office for mac 2004
     
  16. Oryan macrumors 6502a

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    1) I can barely understand you.
    2) Microsoft sold those 150,000 shares they bought in 1997 a long time ago. The (non-voting!) shares totaled only about 2% of Apple's market share. According to my quick research, MSFT only owns less than 0.005% of Apple's outstanding stock and it is through a fund in which Apple is also invested.
     
  17. boganrulz macrumors member

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    My point was that Apple didn't steal Office. As suggested, they bought it. That is my point nothing else. Sorry for any grammar in other messages, i am rather rushed at the moment.

    Boganrulz wz here:)
     
  18. michael-appleru thread starter macrumors regular

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    iWork made by apple

    Microsoft Office For Mac made by Microsoft
    Microsoft Office For Windows made by Microsoft
     
  19. psychofreak Retired

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    No one said that - People said that the iWork was a theft of Microsoft's ideas put into Office :)

    And we know that you wz here without you telling us...
     
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  21. boganrulz macrumors member

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    I will put my point in dotpoint form

    People should no that appple didnt steal office
    Bill gates saw that having Microsoft Office on a competitors computer would get him lots of money.
    He let Mac use office. For the price of 10% of Apple Shares.
    Thats why apple has Office for mac, thay didnt steal it, Bill Gates let them buy it.
    Better?:confused:

    Boganrulz wz here
     
  22. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    Apple didn't have to buy Office from Microsoft. I remember reading around here that MS was "forced" to create and Office for Mac for monopolistic reasons? Not sure, actually.

    zycosw1mer wz hr.
     
  23. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Apple didn't buy Office. Microsoft has always owned the rights to Office. They decided to make a Mac version of it. Apple had nothing to do with it.
     
  24. boganrulz macrumors member

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    iwork is the bundle that Office Comes in for mac
     
  25. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    No it isn't.
     

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