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Microsoft: Mac OS X Did NOT Inspire Windows 7

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That was a close blasphemy call.

Mac OS X is Mac OS X and Windows is Windows. They've always been operating systems with different philosophies and foundations, but earlier this week Microsoft UK partner manager Simon Aldous said something about the development of Windows 7 that raised more than a few pair of eyebrows.

"One of the things that people say an awful lot about the Apple Mac is that the OS is fantastic, that it’s very graphical and easy to use. What we’ve tried to do with Windows 7 – whether it’s traditional format or in a touch format – is create a Mac look and feel in terms of graphics," said Aldous in a PCR interview. "We’ve significantly improved the graphical user interface, but it’s built on that very stable core Vista technology, which is far more stable than the current Mac platform, for instance."

The mention of Apple's influence on Windows 7 made many people sit up and take notice – including those at Microsoft. Clearly the notion that Microsoft tried to emulate "Apple Mac" with Windows 7 is an unpopular view.

Microsoft community manager Brandon LeBlanc responded to the interview through the Windows Team Blog, writing, "An inaccurate quote has been floating around the Internet today about the design origins of Windows 7 and whether its look and feel was “borrowed” from Mac OS X.  Unfortunately this came from a Microsoft employee who was not involved in any aspect of designing Windows 7. I hate to say this about one of our own, but his comments were inaccurate and uninformed."

Microsoft also sent another statement to PCR, which read, "Simon was incorrect in describing Windows 7 in this way and subsequent headlines claiming that the Mac OS inspired Windows 7 are totally inaccurate.

"Over nine out of ten computer users choose Windows.  Over the years, hundreds of millions of Windows users have given us great feedback and we have derived great insight about User Interface (UI) design. The Windows 7 UI was designed to make computers simpler to use and to take advantage of new and innovative technologies Microsoft is bringing to market.  One example of this is the multi-touch support in Windows 7, which is not supported by the Mac OS."

So there you have it. Windows 7 wasn't Apple's idea, it was your idea.

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    mi1ez , 13 November 2009 23:54
    I thought it all sounded a little weird...
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    silverblue , 14 November 2009 00:05
    I wonder if he lost his job for that particular faux pas...?
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    blarmy , 14 November 2009 02:57
    Windows was and still is based on Os X, there is nothing original about any windows product.
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    1pp1k10k4m1 , 15 November 2009 06:12
    Hmmm...that's one more person in microsoft who probably got fired for telling the truth.
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    1pp1k10k4m1 , 15 November 2009 06:13
    like the 2 employees who admitted that microsoft knew the first 360s had major issues and were breaking.
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    skate9345 , 15 November 2009 20:06
    windows seems alot like os x but windows is still different tho somehow..
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    dia-j , 15 November 2009 23:34
    Microsoft is just afraid to admit it can't compete with Mac OS X
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    silverblue , 15 November 2009 23:35
    dia-jMicrosoft is just afraid to admit it can't compete with Mac OS X

    Except they have the vast majority of the market.
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    Anonymous , 16 November 2009 19:45
    im no mac fan, i think they are over priced and over rated but Windows7 is blatantly trying to be OSX. Hell even the keyboard short cuts in Windows7 Explorer now use alot of the same shortcuts i have on my OSX Macbook........
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    dia-j , 18 November 2009 01:16
    Yeah, windows is more popular because mac is very pricy
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    dia-j , 18 November 2009 01:29
    By the way, the pricing policy of apple isn't very smart , is it?