In the battle between Windows and Mac OS X, we've rounded up 10 features that Apple developed first, only to have them borrowed by Microsoft.
5. Gadgets: Widgets
Windows Vista introduced gadgets, small, single-function mini-applications, often gathering specialised information from the internet.
They look and function like Mac widgets (displayed collectively in the Dashboard), which Mac users have been playing with since Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.
There are weather, clock, and stock feed gadgets and widgets. Mac OS X comes with more than does Windows, but both offer more on the web.
Windows gadgets can be persistent among other windows, while Mac OS X widgets appear only on top of other windows, and disappear when you click something that's not a widget.
6. Sticky Notes: Stickies
A handy new tool in Windows 7, though there have been third-party sticky notes in recent years.
But Apple has had Stickies in its OS' since System 7.5 in 1994. Mac Stickies offer spell check and text formatting, too.
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- These OS functions look similar, we think we've seen them before
- Aero Peek and file previews
- Gadgets and Sticky notes
- Saved Searches and Network shares appearing automatically
- RSS feeds and Windows Disc Image Burner
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