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10 features Windows stole from Mac OS

Microsoft tools we think we've seen before


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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  1. These OS functions look similar, we think we've seen them before
  2. Aero Peek and file previews
  3. Gadgets and Sticky notes
  4. Saved Searches and Network shares appearing automatically
  5. RSS feeds and Windows Disc Image Burner


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