Microsoft Exec Says Windows 7 Inspired By Mac OS…. Yes, He Said That [UPDATED]

I sense a disturbance in the force. As if there is a flying chair in the future of Simon Aldous who is Microsoft’s partner group manager. Here’s what he said in a recent interview:

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.

Okay, so a Microsoft exec admits that they take ideas from somebody else and make them theirs. Sounds like business as usual at Microsoft to me. And how about the line about “that very stable Vista core.” I guess it is stable. But the Vista OS was pretty much DOA, so I don’t really think it’s a good idea to remind the public about an OS that Microsoft would rather that the world forget about.

In the end, at least someone at Microsoft was honest. Even if they were too honest by Microsoft standards.

UPDATE: That didn’t take long. Microsoft has disavowed him in a Windows Team Blog posting:

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

I hope he’s cleaned out his desk. I’m thinking he won’t be employed by Microsoft for long.

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