Is Apple copying Microsoft?

OK, I just watched the Steve Jobs presentation yesterday where he demonstrated iTV for the first time.

Now, do you remember when I met Steve Jobs on a street corner in San Francisco? Remember what he said to me? “Nice to meet the guys who are copying us.” (Us being Apple, since I was there with Dean Hachamovitch, executive at Microsoft, he was saying that Apple leads, Microsoft follows. UPDATE: Dave Winer was also there, I forgot about the irony that Steve copied lots of Dave’s stuff).

Well, Steve, the honor turns out to be mine! Your UI looks an awful lot like Windows Media Center. Almost a total copy. So, who is copying whom? What’s next, a Tablet PC copy?

Here, we can all play this game. Go watch my video, displayed back in April 2006 with the Media Center team and check out the UI. Now, head over to the Steve Jobs presentation and watch the iTV presentation. It starts at about minute 55.

If anyone ever tells me again that Microsoft only copies Apple I’m gonna puke.

UPDATE: if you watch the John Legend concert at the end of the Apple Showtime video you’ll see he has some weird headphones. Hint: they aren’t an Apple product. They are Ultimate Ears headphones. They cost $900. But they are simply the best headphones on the market. Period. Custom designed for your ears. Disclaimer, I got a pair for free last year. Why are they so good? A baby can be screaming in the seat next to me and I can barely hear it.

460 thoughts on “Is Apple copying Microsoft?

  1. here is a nice quote from above… “If anyone ever tells me again that Microsoft ONLY copies Apple I’m gonna puke.”
    So basically you, the author admitted that Microsoft copies Apple but not only Apple, but many hardworking, honest companies.

  2. here is a nice quote from above… “If anyone ever tells me again that Microsoft ONLY copies Apple I’m gonna puke.”
    So basically you, the author admitted that Microsoft copies Apple but not only Apple, but many hardworking, honest companies.

  3. Haha, a couple of instances! I could fill a book with the rip offs microsoft has stolen from Apple. They innovate far more than any other computer and OS company. And they have only 10 percent of the market share. Go on Apple, if it wasnt for you they may not even be personal computers.

  4. Haha, a couple of instances! I could fill a book with the rip offs microsoft has stolen from Apple. They innovate far more than any other computer and OS company. And they have only 10 percent of the market share. Go on Apple, if it wasnt for you they may not even be personal computers.

  5. the new leopard tries to copy the clear vista look with the dock and the task bar. they also copied linux work spaces and windows desktop manager. its too bad they make everything better. sorry to say, its just that apple makes their products soo much better that no one would want to get rid of it. they also do touch phones better, but it scratches and breaks easily i heard.

  6. the new leopard tries to copy the clear vista look with the dock and the task bar. they also copied linux work spaces and windows desktop manager. its too bad they make everything better. sorry to say, its just that apple makes their products soo much better that no one would want to get rid of it. they also do touch phones better, but it scratches and breaks easily i heard.

  7. Windows Sucks. It Always Has Errors. Vista Is A Flop. Mac Never Has Any Problems.
    Steve Did The Right Thing By Making A PERSON’S COMPUTER Rather Then A Personal Computer(full of holes)
    PC Also Stands For ‘P’iece of ‘C’rap
    End Of Story.

    Continue What You Do Best Steve, And Watch Out Bill.

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