Top 10 features that Apple stole from Windows

In the battle between Mac OS X and Windows, here's a reminder of where Microsoft supplied the innovation first

Steve Jobs once said that Microsoft stole Windows from Apple, but there has been plenty of idea snatching on both sides over the years. Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard each contain features that originated in the other OS. Some features were stolen so long ago that they've become part of the computing landscape, and it's difficult to remember who invented what. Here we give credit to Microsoft where credit is due.

1. Finder Sidebar: Windows Navigation pane

Like the Windows Navigation pane, the Finder Sidebar sits at the left side of folder windows, providing hierarchical icons to navigate to other folders. In either, you can get to any folder on the computer. The Finder Sidebar debuted in Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, two years after the Navigation pane appeared in Windows XP. Microsoft did steal the triangles from Apple. Before Vista, Windows used plus and minus signs to expand or collapse lists.

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  • Mark

    Microsoft "stole" what Apple "stole" from XEROX parc, you ignorant brat. Why demonize one company and worship another when they are both guilty of being unoriginal? Idiot!


    SMDH Peter. Are you retarded? Xenon invented the GUI WAAAYYYYY before Steve Jobs stole it and took credit. Bill Gates stole NOTHING from Apple. Steve Jobs would literally go through the personal notes and research of his employees, say they did a shitty job and secretly work on their stuff and take ALL the credit for it. Apple employees said that themselves.

    "Apple is overflowing with creativity and unique traits..." You must be inbred, because that's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. EVERYTHING Apple made was already made by someone else. Jobs didn't innovate in anything. He just made open source software popular.

    If he wasn't a thief, why would his FBI file say otherwise?


    You can kindly fuck off. Apple created the graphic user interface 'Lisa' far before Microsoft created their graphic user interface 'Windows'. Steve and Bill were working on programs to run on the Lisa and Macintosh operating systems when Bill decided to take off on his own path and create his own version of the Apple 'Lisa' and 'Macintosh' (now known as OS X) operating systems. Apple is overflowing with creativity and unique traits which, among many have been copied or stolen by Microsoft. I could sit here and name at least 20. Maybe you should make an article called 'Things Microsoft Stole From Apple' instead of this. Jerk.

  • Heikki Kultala

    Have you ever thought that there are and have been other operating systems than windows and macos X out there. Having command prompt is not "stolen from windows". It's a fundamental thing in UNIXes, and Macos X is unix. It has existed in unixes before first version of MS-DOS was released.

    So, definetely not stolen from windows. "Stolen" from UNIX or Linux maybe.

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