Nov 9

Redmond, start your photocopiers

Category: apple,microsoft

I must admit reading the article this morning on Slashdot about how Microsoft is building their own “App Store” really did sound of Microsoft copying yet again. Now I don’t believe that everything Apple has done is necessarily new or unique, they’ve got their own photocopiers somewhere but you have to wonder after Steve Job’s WWDC keynote comparing features of Vista to Mac OS X you start to wonder where Microsoft is really innovating. A lot of its infrastructure to be honest is copied from previous implementations and there rarely appears to be something new coming from Microsoft. When I look at the Vista desktop is a mashup of what I have available from Compiz Fusion on Linux, parts from Mac OS X and some parts from a Sun research project called ‘Project Looking Glass‘.

But if you look at an old Gizmodo article you’ll see that Apple have been cheeky for a long time now, even suggesting two years before Vista’s release date that Tiger was it. Funnily enough by the time that Microsoft got around to releasing Vista for retail in early 2007, Apple had already released Tiger in April 2005 and was on its way to Leopard already releasing a beta of it at WWDC2006 and a feature complete edition for WWDC2007, releasing later in 2007. Apple haven’t stopped there and are already releasing betas of Snow Leopard at WWDC2008 with new and interesting features, some of which copied themselves and some interesting approaches at doing things as well as interoperability features including primitive Exchange support.

And now we’re seeing Microsoft push forward their plans for “Windows 7” which from all accounts appears to internally think that its Windows 6.1 (you can Google for comments on the general confusion on which Microsoft appears to determine that this is version “7” of their product as well as people doing the maths and not finding ‘7’ as the number). With any luck we’ll see Snow Leopard and Windows 7 come out at around the same time and we can do a comparison between the two without much difficulty.

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