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Windows 7 design inspired by Apple OSX

Windows 7 design inspired by Apple OSX

Simon Aldous, the partner group manager with Microsoft has been rather outspoken lately with a few members of the press stating that the graphical style of Windows 7 was inspired by the look of Apple’s OSX.

“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,” Aldous said. “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.”

As I have mentioned myself in the forums, Windows 7 has certainly opted for a very ‘OSx like’ taskbar methodology. The Windows 7 taskbar does act very like the Apple Dock now as it combines program applications for both accessing and launching open windows, with only one icon per running application. Aero Peek is also a little like Expose on OSX, although I actually think Aero Peek is more intuitive.

Normally when the public debate the pros and cons of each operating system it can very often end in flame wars, but we can certainly all agree that in 2009, both companies are ‘borrowing’ ideas from each other. I personally am very happy to see it.

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Stuart Davidson

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