What A Horrible Idea, Now Let Me Rip It Off!

WindowsPhone7PicturesHubAfter all that was said and done, it’s amazing that Microsoft will finally get some credit for Windows Phone 7 from Apple. Unfortunately, this recognition comes in a roundabout way. After criticizing Microsoft for creating a "flat, unimaginative, simple" concept of a social OS, iOS 4.3 beta is showing signs of having ripped off features from Windows Phone 7.

It turns out there is a "Photo Stream" feature that looks out for pictures uploaded by your contacts into MobileMe much like the What’s New section in the Pictures Hub in Windows Phone 7 goes out and gathers pictures posted by anyone in your contacts. That is not the complete extent of Windows Phone 7, just the social aspect of the hub… it has several more hub pages with the typical sections you would find in a Picture application such as Galleries, Albums (or folders, whichever your user interface), sample pictures, favorites, most recent, etc.

I am not sure what the legal extent of Microsoft patents really are with regards to the "hub plus social" concept , but I wouldn’t be surprised if a round of lawsuits would start out of this event.

About Diego Samuilov

Editor in Chief/Founder Diego Samuilov is an executive, consultant, IT strategist and book, e-book and web published author. Diego has worked in Microsoft’s environments since 1990. Since then, he has successfully filled many positions related to the Software Development lifecycle. Having worked as a developer, analyst, technical lead, project lead, auditor and, since 1996 a project manager, manager, director and VP in the Software Development, Server, Desktop and Mobile environments. Diego is very passionate about the software development process, which has played a great part in his skills development. Since the introduction of the first ever PDA (the Apple Newton MessagePad) in 1994 and Windows CE in 1998 he has pioneered and pushed the envelope in the field of mobile software development. He has developed many solutions used in mobile markets, desktop and server environments. He participates in public and private developer community events. He actively collaborates with the community at support forums and blogs. Diego is the author of "Windows Phone for Everyone" available [HERE].