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Go to this page on Microsoft.com for Vista Business edition.
Click the “Buy” tab or “Buy Now” button. The page content changes, to reveal this icon:
Go to this page on Apple.com for Mac OS X Server.
Scroll down and observe this icon for Apple’s Workgroup Manager app:
Think of a snarky comment making fun of the fact that Microsoft can’t even copy an icon without screwing it up by resizing it. Bonus points if you can work in a crack about the misspelling (“Busines”) in Microsoft’s web page title.
(Thanks to astute DF reader Humberto Becerra for discovering this.)
Update 1: At some point late this afternoon, Microsoft replaced their ripped-off copy of Apple’s Workgroup Manager icon with this gem:
Judging by the appalling anti-aliasing (look at the edges of the front two displays against the blue screen of the back one), it would appear this replacement icon was rather hastily assembled. Good thing I saved a copy of the original GIF file here. (By the way: GIF? In 2006?)
Update 2: DF reader Jay Woodruff snapped this screenshot around 5 p.m. EST, showing an even crummier-looking replacement icon that looks straight out of Windows 95: