Windows 7 ‘Inspired’ By Mac, Microsoft Manager Admits
In an interview with PCR, Simon Aldous, Microsoft’s partner group manager, went on the record acknowledging that Microsoft’s new Windows 7 software was inspired by the company’s major rival, Apple.
Aldous told PCR that the graphical style of Windows 7 was influenced by Macs:
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.
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.
Aldous isn’t the first to highlight the influence.
In one of his early Windows 7 reviews, Walt Mossberg also noted some similarities between the two operating systems, writing that the new Windows 7 taskbar, “is a concept borrowed from Apple’s similar feature, the Dock.”