Shameful

07Jan06

Vista… I don’t quite get how it took (well still taking) Microsoft 2-3 years (or is it more?) to copy Mac OS X. I especially like the last quote…

Photo organization. Vista’s couldn’t look more like Apple’s iPhoto program if you ran it through a copying machine.

… read on if you’re interested…

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 Exposโˆšยฉ 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.”

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