Windows 9 to Rip Off OS X Features


thejadedmonkey

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Looks like OS X has yet again inspired the primary features in the next major release of Windows.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/14/leaked-clips-show-windows-9-in-action/


Check out Notification Center and multiple desktops.
I think you'll find that Microsoft has offered multiple desktops as an add-on feature for a lot longer than Apple has.

Of course, if we're going to point fingers, we should be blaming Apple for ripping off gnome.

Seriously. If this isn't trolling or rampant fanboyism, I'm not sure what is.
 

phoenixsan

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The temptation was so hard....

to resist and I have to post something on this: Nothing new on this front. Windows itself emerges after the Classic Mac OS was a mature an viable enviroment.....:D

But if Microsoft get to integrate well that Cortana girl on desktop computers, we will talk about another very different thing.....:D...;)...:eek:

:):apple:
 

jeremysteele

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I think you'll find that Microsoft has offered multiple desktops as an add-on feature for a lot longer than Apple has.

Of course, if we're going to point fingers, we should be blaming Apple for ripping off gnome.

Seriously. If this isn't trolling or rampant fanboyism, I'm not sure what is.
Amen. While gnome/kde may not do things as "pretty" as os x - fact is the vast majority of new "features" Apple has been adding have already existed for years in either desktop environment (and in certain cases, solaris and Windows) in either their native distributions or via addons.

That said - linux gives me migraines as far as desktop usage goes. Hence why I use OS X/Windows. At least I dont need to deal with driver hell on either of those systems.
 

djphat2000

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I'm pretty sure NeXT had mulit desktop support (OS X older brother)

Microsoft can copy all they want. There OS will still suck. It will prevent you from doing things you should be able to do by default. And it will drive you mad trying to find things you need to setup a computer properly. As I'm finally getting used to not having a Start menu. They are going to bring it back, and confuse the heck out of me all over again.

LOVE YOU MICROSOFT!!! :mad:
 

roadbloc

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I'm interested to see how things have improved on the tablet side of things. Windows 9 is looking good, although I do hope we'll still be able to use the Start Menu fullscreen. Having it so small again feels like a step backwards for me, I like a nice spread of my apps covering the entire screen.
 

philosopherdog

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Two problems: 1) it costs money (the world has moved on the free os's), 2) it still sucks. I don't understand all of these updating panels. It's just noise and confusion. Also there's something that to me always still looks win3.1. It looks like a pig with lipstick. They made a fundamental gamble making one os that is both mobile and desktop. Nobody really wants to touch a laptop screen unless you've got issues, or you're a cashier. So many things are not carefully thought through. Anyhow, I'm sure eventually they'll figure out how to make it at least as good as win7, which was probably the high water mark for them since win95. They are wise to copy OS X, since obviously OS X is on to something. At least they got rid of that shimmery shammery quimmery quammery style with aeron or whatever they called that hideous theme that used up all your sys resources.
 

roadbloc

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Two problems: 1) it costs money (the world has moved on the free os's), 2) it still sucks. I don't understand all of these updating panels. It's just noise and confusion. Also there's something that to me always still looks win3.1. It looks like a pig with lipstick. They made a fundamental gamble making one os that is both mobile and desktop. Nobody really wants to touch a laptop screen unless you've got issues, or you're a cashier. So many things are not carefully thought through. Anyhow, I'm sure eventually they'll figure out how to make it at least as good as win7, which was probably the high water mark for them since win95. They are wise to copy OS X, since obviously OS X is on to something. At least they got rid of that shimmery shammery quimmery quammery style with aeron or whatever they called that hideous theme that used up all your sys resources.
I must have issues. I think Windows 8 is a great OS. Much faster than OS X. And app compatibility is rarely an issue unlike OS X.
 

maflynn

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1) it costs money (the world has moved on the free os's)
Agreed, it does cost money and I don't see that changing. The world has not moved on to free OS's since the majority of computers uses Windows, most people pay for upgrades. Macs have just a 10% marketshare, Linux even less (non enterprise). Even Linux in the enterprise is not free, i.e., Redhat.

2) it still sucks.
I think you're opinion may be in the minority, those people who use win8 tend to really like it, and the prior version windows 7 was very well received. I've not had any issues running windows 8, other then driver problems and those issues were the result of Apple drivers, so if you're going to blame anyone for that, it would be apple.

Overall, win8 has been solid, stable, and fast. It runs all the apps that I need without any issues, and that's the job of an operating system.

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As for the OP's comment, back when windows 7 hit the streets, the MS developers were unabashed about their attempt to copy OS X's eye candy/UI. I can't see much as changed since then.
 

phrehdd

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Multiple desktops is not an Apple invention.
In fact, many features on all the operating systems today have existed in one form or another long ago.

I'll just give props to Apple when they do a good job of implementing a feature and not pay so much attention if it existed before on another OS. Similar can be said with Windows or Linux for that matter.

Perhaps some folks remember Desqview for DOS and OS/2 and competitors of early Windows that were superior exploiters of hardware and with great interfaces (GUI) that could also do real multi-tasking. Yeah, as you can see I have come to a time in my life I just don't care who did what first and when but rather what can you give me now that has some real use and in a meaningful way.
 

hakuryuu

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I think you'll find that Microsoft has offered multiple desktops as an add-on feature for a lot longer than Apple has.

Of course, if we're going to point fingers, we should be blaming Apple for ripping off gnome.

Seriously. If this isn't trolling or rampant fanboyism, I'm not sure what is.
And then maybe Gnome for ripping off Solaris or OS/2. Not exactly sure which did it first.
 

Tech198

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Mar 21, 2011
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ick...

ugly combo start + titles combo.

This is MS attempting at making users happy..... and they can't.

Personally, i hate to say it, but the tiles of Windows 8 (full screen) looks better than this.

To be fair, it's probably working the other way too.. to some extent with OS X, although for the life of me, i'm not really sure how.

Lets just say everyone rips of everyone else :)
 

tevion5

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Now they're even ripping off the name... (X/10) :D
Did you hear they plan to keep it as Windows 10 for years and only do incremental updates for the next decade or so?

I mean...are they for real?

Next thing the codename for the Windows 10 Beta will be "Kodiak"...

This is just intentionally comical copying at this point. :apple: