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Microsoft makes excellent enterprise products, but I can’t believe how shamelessly the much-ballyhooed Windows Vista rips off Mac OS X Tiger. For example:

  • Mac OS’s Spotlight provides a one-stop keyword search feature for finding anything on the system (files, e-mails, etc.) or the Internet. Vista apparently sports the equivalent, which appears to function almost the exact same way. The difference? It’s accessed in the lower left-hand corner as opposed to the upper-right where Spotlight lives.
  • Vista’s photo organizer looks way too reminiscent of iPhoto. By too reminiscent, I mean too much alike to be coincidental.
  • Vista has practically copied Tiger’s Dashboard Widgets. The difference? Microsoft has called them “Gadgets.”

I don’t know about you, but I expect more from over $7 billion spent annually on research and development!

Skeptical? Don’t take my word for it. See the videos below.

NY Times columnist David Pogue

Side-by-side comparison from a recent Apple WWDC

Ballmer needs to get his crew on the ball and force them to quit looking over Apple’s shoulder.


aka The MonT-SteR