Yesterday, November 11, 2009, many of the news services were reporting on an interview with Microsoft partner group manager, Simon Aldous. The article, which has been quoted around the Internet, is titled ‘Microsoft’s New Vision.’ Microsoft claims that the statement is being misquoted by the Apple fanboy sites that seem to be enjoying themselves at the expense of Microsoft. In the interview it is stated that:

Is Windows 7 really a much more agile operating system, in terms of the specific uses it can be moulded to?

The interesting thing is, it’s basically the next version of Vista. Vista was a totally redesigned operating system from XP. We’ve improved upon Vista in that way. We’ve stripped out a lot of the code, we’ve made a lot of it much more efficient, it sits on a smaller footprint, it operates far more quickly, it’s far more agile and effective in terms of the calls it makes. I saw an article recently that described it as ‘Vista on steroids’, and in some ways you can absolutely relate to that.

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.

According to one site it alleges that Microsoft actually copied the look of Mac. Microsoft has responded with its own blog article, which states that:

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

Not being a Mac user I haven’t a clue how much Windows 7 looks like OS X or not. Maybe our readers can enlighten us as to the statements being made that Microsoft stole the look of a Mac or not.

Comments as always are welcome.

Original PCR interview source

Microsoft Blog site source from Brandon LeBlanc