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>I don't think this is the case. Rather, the Mac OS and Windows (as well as
>OS/2's Presentation Manager interface for that matter) all derived from the
>same idea: The Xerox PARC project of the late 1960s-early 1970s.
So I hear. But there's a lot more to it, including all the low level 
routines like the print manage which you've already alluded to. It's one 
of the resons I like the Mac--everything seems to work about the same 

That fact that Mac and Windows may have the same parents isn't the issue. 
The question was whether the first Mac shipped well before the first 
Windoze machine. I don't think there's any question about that. And yes, 
there are others--also not relevant, since the question is whether 
MicroSoft copied the Mac. I've run some X-Window systems, and there's a 
superficial resemblance, but it's pretty obvious that Microsoft never got 
it's particular look and feel from X-windows. I think the menu system 
design is the giveaway--it's obviously copied after the Mac's menu 
system. The menu keys are as alike as Gates dared make them. And the 
functional arrangement is the same. Lots of things, like the file 
structure and the way identifying resources are used, are vastly 
different, but not the appearance.

>In fact, I would point out that "under the hood," Windows
>NT/2000 passed by the Mac OS long ago
I wouldn't dream of stepping into that, other than to say that I can work 
with Windows and do pretty much what's needed. I find the Mac generally 
takes fewer operations and it seems cleaner and a helluva lot less 
cluttered, but that's a personal issue. 

But the question was, 'Which came first?' I was running a Mac in 1987, 3 
years after the first Mac shipped. When did the first version of Windows 
ship? And when did the first decent version of Windows ship (That'd be 
Windows 3.1, I think)?. I'd also say that MacWrite predated even the Mac 
version of MS Word, so I don't think there's any question about which 
system came first. Opinions about which OS is better are pretty much 
subjective--no point in beating that to death. They're also beside the 


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