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    Default 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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    I was wondering how windows finally got it right. I'm mean seriously, you can't say that some of the design behind Windows 7 wasn't influenced by OSX. The taskbar doesn't look like any Windows systems I've ever used before...
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    Oh boy... I can feel the mac v pc s***storm coming already...

    Quote Originally Posted by kraziebone View Post
    I was wondering how windows finally got it right. I'm mean seriously, you can't say that some of the design behind Windows 7 wasn't influenced by OSX. The taskbar doesn't look like any Windows systems I've ever used before...
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by symondavis View Post
    As far as I see Windows 7, I just think that this is the system that will bleed more users to OS X due to similarities of the visuals of the OS's, Once people start to understand OS X is superior and far more stable they'll just jump ship on to the OSX wagon.
    Yet another person who seems to get all of his/her information from the Mac commercials
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    Default I <3 windows 7
    I think the new OS's should just contain huge buttons that say "PRESS HERE FOR THIS ACTION" so it will be idiot proof.

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    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.

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
    Amazing!
    Im God I know.

    GGG MicroSoft Lovers.

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    HAHA. The truth finally comes out!

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    I see the similarities in the task bar too. Microsoft totally copied OSX on this one. they copied the big bar, they got their round logo on it, they copied the preview feature, they copied how you can see the status of your file transfer on the task bar and everything, and a few others. Apple should really go to court over this

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    That a dumd A** dude for saying that windows is there own thing and mac is there other thing

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    ROFLMAO!!!

    Regardless of whether it is true or not, I would not want to be the MS employee making such statements.

    Never ever ever compromise your products design, or other sensitive information with information that can impact the bottom line.
    He is sooooo done....careerwise.

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    Oh man! So funny, so true.
    On my way to get my "Mac Inspired" haircut
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    All of these bells and whistles were taken from Linux. I would love to have a true 3D desktop on my Windows box.

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    Has no one noticed that over the years since 3.11 of Windows that their logo is slowly rotating and presently is starting to look like the OSX 'X' more than ever!

    As far as I see Windows 7, I just think that this is the system that will bleed more users to OS X due to similarities of the visuals of the OS's, Once people start to understand OS X is superior and far more stable they'll just jump ship on to the OSX wagon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by symondavis View Post
    Has no one noticed that over the years since 3.11 of Windows that their logo is slowly rotating and presently is starting to look like the OSX 'X' more than ever!

    As far as I see Windows 7, I just think that this is the system that will bleed more users to OS X due to similarities of the visuals of the OS's, Once people start to understand OS X is superior and far more stable they'll just jump ship on to the OSX wagon.
    LMAO

    or the other way around.

    Since it has the "mac" feel why not use what the rest of world is using. (not counting Linux of course)

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    Quote Originally Posted by symondavis View Post
    Has no one noticed that over the years since 3.11 of Windows that their logo is slowly rotating and presently is starting to look like the OSX 'X' more than ever!

    As far as I see Windows 7, I just think that this is the system that will bleed more users to OS X due to similarities of the visuals of the OS's, Once people start to understand OS X is superior and far more stable they'll just jump ship on to the OSX wagon.
    In M$ defence most of the issues with reguards to there product isnt 100% there fault. You have to keep in mind that when you run 92% of the worlds front end, you will have every hacker & cracker designing there exploits to break your systems. Also keep in mind before M$ a company having a computer network was thousands and thousands of dollars. M$ made small and midsize networks actually affordable. Now I am not saying that M$ isnt an evil empire who steals and breaks other companies to stay on top. but if you switched things around and put OSX, * linux distro, unix on 92% and had M$ as the minority they would have less issues with security and stability.

    I dont care what OS you run it all came from *nix.

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    Comon guys microsft copiying mac or not, they have been the leader on sales for years after years, I'm not saying that i don't like mac because if I did I'd be lieying, but ms also has a lot of things not available for mac, but if tha software it's made for mac is more stable. so there is a balance in between both, OSX and windows7.
    Last edited by petterloco1; 11-12-2009 at 12:04 PM.

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    EVERYONE DUCK!!! THE WARZZ IS STARTING! the mac vs pc war, that is...

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