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  • Microsoft Manager Claims Mac Inspired Windows 7, Gets Slapped


    Microsoft's partner group manager was interviewed by PCR, a trade publication for computer resellers, and blurted that the company had tried to "create a Mac look and feel" with the Windows 7 operating system. A member of the Windows team quickly struck back on the team's blog, calling the remark "inaccurate and uninformed."

    Aldous is in charge of the unit that deals with the company's resellers, which is highly significant to Microsoft as the software behemoth does not directly retail any of its products. In an interview mainly consisting of policy issues having to do with the relationship of Microsoft to the people that put the company's product on their shelves, Aldous made the following assertion.

    One of the things that people say an awful lot about the Apple Mac is that the OS is fantastic, that its very graphical and easy to use. What weve tried to do with Windows 7 whether its traditional format or in a touch format is create a Mac look and feel in terms of graphics
    Aldous rallied, though, returning to the party line about Windows 7's virtues. "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," Aldous said.

    The smackdown arrived late yesterday. "Unfortunately, this came from a Microsoft employee who was not involved in any aspect of designing Windows 7," said Brandon LeBlanc, a company spokesman who authors most of the Windows 7 blog posts. "I hate to say this about one of our own, but his comments were inaccurate and uninformed."

    Observers have noted look-and-feel similarities between Windows 7's revamped task bar and the Mac OS X dock. Computerworld highlighted some strengths of the taskbar in its "OS Deathmatch," saying that it is better at displaying thumbnails of an application's open windows. Computerworld did, however, give the win to Mac OS X, asserting that "no one beats Apple when it comes to design."

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Manager Claims Mac Inspired Windows 7, Gets Slapped started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 69 Comments
    1. Bernie-Mac's Avatar
      Bernie-Mac -
      Quote Originally Posted by bbillh77 View Post
      ford vs chevy honda vs toyota suzuki vs kawasaki can't we all just get along
      No, Chevy FTW!!! lol
    1. snap1500's Avatar
      snap1500 -
      Are Macs idi*t proof? If so, thats just wrong...idi*ts should be allowed to use them too
    1. viettho's Avatar
      viettho -
      MAC sucks....









      j/k, MAC is number one, windows is number two :P
    1. eZStaR's Avatar
      eZStaR -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      Oh boy... I can feel the mac v pc s***storm coming already...



      The taskbar looks almost exactly like quicklaunch from the days of XP and Vista with the exception that the icons are much bigger by default (this can be changed under settings if you so chose) and that you open programs are now merged with the task bar and no longer their own bar. Two things were merged into one... truly the biggest difference.



      Yet another person who seems to get all of his/her information from the Mac commercials

      First of all im so glad he told the truth, even tho that other Microsoft tard tried to cover the fact that Windows 7 looks ACTUALLY was inspired by Mac OSX. Mac IS superior than windows. Vista was HORRIBLE due to it being so unstable. No one can say Vista is more stable than 10.6 OSX, because bottom line it isn't. I can state 20 reasons why OSX beats vista and windows 7 right now, but I will not waste my time.

      Sziklassy alot of the mac commercials are actually facts if you haven't noticed. But I do not follow the commercials themselves, there are alot more reasons to why they are true, testing, etc.

      Until windows gets a real terminal shell, can compile POSIX source and not have a garbage native programming api, i'll stick to Mac OSX.

      Oh and for all you Microsoft Lovers, I think you will LOVE TO SEE THIS.

      [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uau0aIbrzkQ&feature=related"]BILL GATES PRAISING MACS[/ame]

      THIS GG ALL OF YOU MICROSOFT LOVERS.
    1. GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL's Avatar
      GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL -
      Yeah the random logouts, random WiFi forgetfullness = all things I had no problems with on Vista and Win 7. Not to mention the other issues people have with features I don't use (Guest Account file deletion).

      You can keep sipping the koolaid but I stopped a good while ago.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ezstar View Post
      oh and for all you microsoft lovers, i think you will love to see this.

      bill gates praising macs

      this gg all of you microsoft lovers.
      lmao game over!
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      I don't see the similarities at all. It looks like regular old Windows to me, just more efficient, faster, and more stable. taskbar icons are bigger now, but they were always there. It's been doing preview Windows in some form since Windows Vista launched.
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by pauldanielash View Post

      Aldous rallied, though, returning to the party line about Windows 7's virtues. "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," Aldous said.
      O.k., I have to say that should have given him zero credibility right there, Vista has never been stable, especially compared with OS X!
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by eZStaR View Post
      Amazing!
    1. brandonmarback's Avatar
      brandonmarback -
      If only Apple could figure out a way to steal some of the good features from Windows. That will never happen though, as long as Steve Jobs is still alive.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by brandonmarback View Post
      If only Apple could figure out a way to steal some of the good features from Windows. That will never happen though, as long as Steve Jobs is still alive.
      Which part? The crashing or the viruses? Oh wait, how about the unreliable updates? nah...
    1. ifonemaniac's Avatar
      ifonemaniac -
      Quote Originally Posted by hancoma View Post
      I am taking bets on who the posters will be that will officially start the war....I have 3 names that stand out consistently as antagonists...

      Any takers?
      I can expect who it might be

      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAn7baRbhx4]YouTube - The Spanish Inquisition[/ame]
    1. brandonmarback's Avatar
      brandonmarback -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      Which part? The crashing or the viruses? Oh wait, how about the unreliable updates? nah...
      No, I was talking about the interoperability, compatibility, customization and games. BTW Microsoft ripped off that crashing thing from Apple's OS version 8.
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      Haha
    1. GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL's Avatar
      GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL -
      I just rebooted due to this bug, it refused to release the icon into the trash.. and it was just hanging on everything. <33333 10.6.

      Bill was obviously excluding the OS he created himself in that statement, and what he said is true.
    1. brandonmarback's Avatar
      brandonmarback -
      I just got Modern Warfare 2 for the Mac. It friggin' rules. No wait, I guess that was Windows 7 I was using. I seriously can't tell them apart, they look so similar.

      Eat them flames.....
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      I boot camped Windows 7 just to use MSN and I could not wait to get back to Snow Leopard, Mac is awesome!!!
    1. braddahjosh's Avatar
      braddahjosh -
      Quote Originally Posted by GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL View Post
      My Windows Vista desktop (win 7 too) is sadly more stable than my Snow Leopard Macbook. I'll see how 10.6.2 is going to work, but 10.6 was terrible.
      I have to agree with you that snow leopard is unstable. I downgraded to 10.5.8 after multiple unexplaned crashes in snow leopard. And this is even with a clean install.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      Which part? The crashing or the viruses? Oh wait, how about the unreliable updates? nah...
      One thing I wish they would copy is the thing where you hover over an open programs icon and it gives you a preview (haha) of that open window rather than having to click and hold the icon. The current way that it's done in SL is pretty tedious compared to 7. I really like that feature and wish OS X had it too. Plus, I's like to see iTunes not completely lock up my MacBook every time my phone is plugged into it or the 30 seconds my whole computer is locked up and the spinning beachball when I click the sync button. And get rid of the 100% failure rate of downloading any podcast (have to try multiple times and sometimes even quit and restart iTunes), though when I purchase content it doesn't ever do that. Weird.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by braddahjosh View Post
      I have to agree with you that snow leopard is unstable. I downgraded to 10.5.8 after multiple unexplaned crashes in snow leopard. And this is even with a clean install.
      I have none of those issues you and girllll..etc have. Although i do use mozilla because i find it to be a lot more quicker at loading pages.