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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.

9. RSS feeds

Microsoft introduced the ability to view RSS feeds in Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista.

But an integrated RSS reader in a web browser wasn't Microsoft's idea. Apple did it first in Safari 2 in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. Apple's Mail also supports RSS.

10. Windows Disc Image Burner: Disk Utility

Before Windows 7, you had to use a third-party utility to burn ISO disk images to CDs and DVDs.

In Windows 7, just double-click an ISO file to launch Windows Disc Image Burner.

Nice feature, but the Mac's Disk Utility has had the ability to burn as well as create disc images since even before Mac OS X.

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  1. These OS functions look similar, we think we've seen them before
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  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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