Microsoft Admits to Copying Apple Mac User Interface “Look and Feel”
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In a move sure to have Microsoft’s legal eagles tearing their hair out, Microsoft Partner Group Manager Simon Aldous, during an interview with Britain’s Intent Media’s PCR publication, acknowledged that Microsoft has been aiming to “create a Mac look and feel.”

What we’ve tried to do with Windows 7...is create a Mac look and feel in terms of graphics.

Catching up with Aldous at the Microsoft partner conference at London’s Wembley Stadium, a PCR staffer asked Aldous about, among other things, Windows 7. Aldous explained that “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.”


Aldous then went on to say that “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.” {Emphasis ours.}

He also explained that “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.”

We’re not sure what he means by suggesting that the Mac platform (predicated on Unix) is somehow less than stable, but after this gaffe, we’re guessing that it’s more stable than Aldous’ future with Microsoft.

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You can read the full PCR interview with Aldous here.

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