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What Features Did Windows 10 Steal From Linux?

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Three months have passed since Microsoft launched its new OS, the Windows 10, which will be the last edition of Windows. This means that, from now on, the developers will release only updates and will continue to improve this platform. But what did Windows 10 bring new? Of course, many features. But are they… new, or inspired from other OS? Let’s see what Microsoft stole from Linux.

Task View / Window Spread

The “Task view” feature which brings the list of running applications when clicking on the button, but this feature was firstly introduced by Unity and GNOME. The GNOME 3 users which wanted to have access to all the running applications were pressing the super key.

Multiple Desktops / Workspaces

The fans were excited about the new multiple virtual desktops feature which was added to Windows 10. What they don’t know is that Linux introduced “workspaces” back in 1998, when KDE 1.0 was released. This feature allows switching between applications easier and faster.

Windows 10 Desktop Users Can Make Online Searches

When typing in a search term in the field, Windows 10 provides results from the local machine, or from the Windows Store or from the internet, but they will be opened using the Internet Explorer browser. Ubuntu was faster, doing the same with Unity Dash and lenses/scopes, as the search results were from local files, applications (Ubuntu Software Center), social networks, YouTube and even Wikipedia.

Package Manager

Microsoft allows the Windows 10 users to install applications using the command line in Power Shell. However, Linux had this feature since the beginning, being a part of Linux OS.

Flat Icons And Borderless Windows

Windows 10 looks cleaner thanks to this small change, but if you’ve used Ubuntu 14.04 before, you’ll have a déjà vu, because borderless windows were introduced long time ago to this OS.

Convergence Across Smartphones And Computers

Windows 10 runs across mobile devices and desktop devices, but Ubuntu was ahead of Microsoft, foreseeing the need of convergence, as Ubuntu Unity runs on mobile devices as well, and the company released the BQ Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Edition running on Ubuntu OS.