Microsoft just can’t stop robbing Apple. First, it was operating systems, now it’s commercials.
Back in 2006, Microsoft released Vista to a roar of boos. Not only was it slower than XP, but it had software compatibility issues, questionable security features, anti-piracy technology that detected “counterfeit or non-genuine” software on a person’s computer (college kids loved that) and not to mention, it sapped laptop battery life twice as fast as XP, according to tests by CNET and others.
And other folks claimed Vista’s aesthetic and user-controls were eerily similar to Apple’s OSX operating system which suggested copyright violation.
Check out the new 3-D chess game Microsoft built into Vista.
Look a little like Apple’s?
But that’s little stuff. How about bigger stuff? For instance, for years Mac users enjoyed a quick app built into the operating system that had an address locator, a calculator, weather reports, language translations, among other things. Apple calls them “widgets” and it’s a Mac staple. Here’s a picture:
Well, Vista now has a similar application. Microsoft calls them “gadgets” (or “stolen ideas” for short):
Other applications in Vista that look and feel like Mac’s include: Apple’s iPhoto and Finder.
So, is it any surprise Microsoft’s new marketing campaign is again ripping off Apple?