Look’s like somebody’s got some explaining to do. Microsoft’s Partner Group Manager Simon Aldus put his foot in his mouth and started running when he told the PCR website that Windows 7 was borrowing from OS X:
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. [Emphasis added] 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.
[PCR]: So you’ve taken the style of the Mac platform and built it on the more solid foundations of Vista?
We’ve taken everything that’s good about Vista, along with the core infrastructure of the operating system, and we’ve made it faster and slimmed down the code to make it more effective.
We’ve also tried to listen to what customers want in terms of a much slicker user interface and the ability to engage with it far more intuitively. That’s the product that we’re delivering.
All in all, a relatively harmless quote, saying that, yes, the Mac has a good graphic interface, but what we’ve done is put an equally good graphic interface on top of the Vista technology. Now, it strikes me that it’s the second part of that statement that should cause him trouble, since Microsoft wants to distance itself from “The V Word” as much as possible. Still, Microsoft has issued a statement denying they copied Apple:
In an interview with PCR at the Microsoft Partner Network event last month, Simon Aldous, Microsoft Partner Group Manager, made reference to creating a Mac look and feel in terms of graphics with Windows 7. Simon was incorrect in describing Windows 7 in this way and subsequent headlines claiming that the Mac OS inspired Windows 7 are totally inaccurate.
Mr. Aldus was unavailable for a statement. And presumably will not be making any more press statements in the near future.