Microsoft official admits Windows 7 design inspired by Mac OS X

When it looked to redesign its dominant operating system after the struggles of Windows Vista, Microsoft reportedly turned to Apple’s Mac OS X for the “look and feel” of Windows 7.
Simon Aldous, partner group manager with Microsoft, told PCR that the graphical style of Windows 7 — which he calls “Vista on steroids” — was inspired by the look of Apple’s Mac OS X. The new Windows operating system launched in October.
“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 said. “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.”

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