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Is Windows 7 Too Much Like Mac OS X?

Is Windows 7 leaning too much towards the Mac side of life? Many Microsoft bloggers are saying that it does, that Windows 7 is too much "form over function", something they accuse Apple of. While superficially they may have a point, the differences between Windows and Mac OS X are still glaringly obvious. Are a few changes to the taskbar enough to make Windows OS X-like? Bloggers like Mary-Jo Foley, Paul Thurrot, and others seem to think so.

There certainly are a number of changes in Windows 7 that vaguely bring the Mac OS X dock to mind - jump lists, for instance, resemble the right-click menu on dock items, and the removal of text labels and increase in icon size make the taskbar look like the dock (you can change to small icons and text labels if you so desire). However, that doesn't mean it also behaves like a dock. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, it's probably a duck, yes - but this one only looks like a duck; it doesn't walk or talk like one.

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AuToFiRE3272d ago

We know this is Microsoft, they can never figure out whats wrong with their operating system so they just copy everyone else

Bolts3272d ago

You're making it sound like Microsoft invented the Window GUI or something. They didn't, and you're making it sound like Apple invented the GUI OS. They didn't. See where I'm going here?

Welcome to wonderful world of business. Its only copying if you get sued, and lost.

thereapersson3272d ago

Haha, great point, Fanboi.

digger183272d ago

The first graphical user interface was developed at the Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) in the 1970s for the Xerox Alto computer.

AuToFiRE3272d ago

im not making it sound like that, i know other people did it, microsoft hasnt come up with a decent innovative idea

Rock Bottom3272d ago

Isn't that what M$ is specialized in.

Graphics Whore3271d ago

Yeah Microsoft's tactics are bulling competition and copying if they can't bully them.

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thereapersson3272d ago

Well, they *did* have an OS on smart phones before Apple did...

aaquib093272d ago

and now Windows Mobile 7 will be another iPhone OS X copy.

Darkseider3272d ago (Edited 3272d ago )

Just no. Microsoft Windows 7 is not even close to being anything like OS X. OS X is more stable, faster, feature rich and secure than Windows will ever be. The only thing that Windows 7 can do is stem the tide of people leaving for Apple and even Linux to a lesser extent. For the first time last week Microsoft Windows has fallen to below a 90% share. Apple OS X has attained a 8.9% share and Linux sits at around 0.75% with other OSs making up the remainder of the difference. Vista has hurt MS and Windows 7 is their attempt at damage control.

Raoh3272d ago

Copysoft is at it again

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