Microsoft exec: Mac OS inspired Windows 7

Sometimes you take a wrong turning in life and, Wednesday, a slight concussion led my eyes to fall upon the pages of PCR.

It is a little more intelligent than my normal reading matter, but I am very grateful for its interview with Simon Aldous, Microsoft’s partner group manager.

He was quoted, for example, as saying: “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.”
ou’re waiting for the punchline, right? You know, the one about how he was kidding.

Wait away because he continued: “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.”

I know that such words might cause some entrenched foot soldiers in both of the fanchildren camps to hoot, hiss, sigh and reach for the nearest farming implement.

However, isn’t it rather charming to hear someone admit that a competitor’s product isn’t overly expensive or overly pretentious, but that it has something about it that is good and that real people who buy real products actually appreciate?

this the Microsoft ways take what you want from a company then put them out of business. I think apple might be one apple they wish that had not taken a bite out of.

Unfortunately he had nothing to do with the product’s development and his statement was flatly denied by Microsoft Software developers who were actually on the project.

I think Microsoft had enough with input from people who hated Vista. After all W7 seems more like a souped up Vista (which is what it actually is) than Macs, which are pretentious and overly priced and operate with Draconian attitudes. The day Apple allows people to just buy the OS and put it on the computer of their choice is the day when Microsoft may have to worry, or the day people (Apple) finds out how hard it is to make an OS that can run with virtually any hardware you hook up to it.