Simon Aldous: 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."

Microsoft responded quickly to Aldous' 'admission' with a statement on its blog intending to 'clarify' his comments.

Titled "How we really designed the look and feel of Windows 7," the blog states:

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.

The blog, which links to 'authorized' posts discussing the design process of Windows 7, goes on to say,

I hate to say this about one of our own, but his comments were inaccurate and uninformed.

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One Twitter user Tweeted,

dovella @MSWindows who is Simon Aldous ? FIRED!!!

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