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This article was published on November 12, 2009

Microsoft changes its story: “We didn’t copy Apple”

Microsoft changes its story: “We didn’t copy Apple”
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Windows 7Yesterday we reported on a Microsoft employee who claimed in an interview that Windows 7 was designed to copy the “look and feel” of Apple’s OSX. Now the company has retracted that statement, saying OSX was no influence on Windows 7 at all.

Writing on the official Windows Blog, Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc says of the quote:

“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.”

In short that’s basically “We didn’t copy OSX, that other guy was talking BS.”

We imagine Microsoft Partner Group Manager Simon Aldous is feeling a little red-faced right now. Spouting off about the design process behind something he didn’t design probably wasn’t his wisest move.

The fact is, an official retraction of the statement won’t stop many people believing its true. Windows 7 truly does look and feel Mac-like, whether that was the intention or not.

[via AppleInsider]