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Friday, November 13, 2009

MS Exec: 'Win7 is based on Mac'

A high-level Microsoft employee told an interviewer that the new Windows 7 desktop features and graphics were based on the Mac. Other Microsoft employees raced to "correct" the quote, saying group manager, Simon Aldous, was not involved in the Windows 7 development and his statement was "inaccurate."

Aldous was speaking to a British technology magazine when he said, "what we've tried to do with Windows 7...is create a Mac look and feel in terms of graphics." The quote made it into the magazine PCR.

Brandon LeBlanc responded on his blog, "I hate to say this about one of our own, but his comments were inaccurate and uninformed." LeBlanc also said Aldous had no part in the design or development of Windows 7. Macintosh has not made any statement at this time.

There was a 1988 lawsuit regarding the similarities.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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