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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.

7. Saved searches: Smart folders

Smart folders, which first appeared in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger in early 2005, are actually virtual folders that show the results of searches.

Microsoft took the idea and created Saved Searches in Windows Vista. In the OS' current versions, the two are similar in concept and in use. Both appear in the left pane of windows and act like folders.

8. Network shares automatically appearing in left sidebar

With Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Apple started placing autodiscovered network file shares in the sidebar at left.

Microsoft must have liked the idea, because it added the feature in Windows Vista, dumping the Network Neighborhood of many previous versions.

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