Microsoft Executive Acknowledges Mimicking Mac’s Design, Company Refutes Claims

For a long time, those of us devoted to Macs have been perceived as somewhat biased due to our past grievances with Microsoft.

At last, vindication has arrived as a Microsoft group manager has openly acknowledged that some of the aesthetic elements of Windows 7 were inspired by Mac.

In a recent dialogue with PCR, during an interview, Simon Aldous shared insights on the latest OS from Redmond, stating:

“What we’ve tried to do with Windows 7 ‚Äì whether it’s traditional format or in a touch format ‚Äì is create a Mac look and feel.”

It’s refreshing to see an acknowledgment from Microsoft regarding the influence of OS X, although it was somewhat bittersweet when Simon began to retract his statements by comparing Vista’s stability favorably with OS X.

Update: The Windows team quickly responded with clarifications to Simon’s comments, labeling them as “inaccurate and uninformed.” Despite this, the influence of the OS X Dock on user interaction across different platforms, including PCs and Macs, cannot be overlooked.

Fortunately, Microsoft has shown resilience in addressing these statements.

[via Engadget]

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