Microsoft turns to former Apple designer for Windows Vista graphics and images

In 1989, Robert Brunner accepted the position of Director of Industrial Design at Apple Computer, where he provided design and direction for all Apple product lines, including the Newton and the PowerBook portable series, including the PowerBook 100 which moved the keyboard toward the screen, providing wrist rests up front and leaving an obvious place for a trackball; most portable computers now follow this design.

In January 1996 he became a partner in the San Francisco office of Pentagram and has designed products for PC-maker Dell and is now “moving deeper into Apple enemy territory as well: The graphics and images in Microsoft’s new operating system called Vista (formerly codenamed Longhorn) will be designed by the Apple vet,” BusinessWeek reports

Full article here.

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  1. Steve Jobs was right, “they have no class”.

    The hypocrites want to sue Google over some former employee and out the other side of their mouths they go hire a former Apple employee in their feeble attempt to copy Mac OS X. Good luck M$!

    They’re putting perfume on a pig and calling it Vista (Stillborn).

    Ah, Rock on Steve!

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  2. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    I hope they can get Vista to look as good as OS 9. Perhaps with Brunner they can. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />


    Apple kicked him to the side of the road when old Johnny boy showed up to play

    go s&ck; the M$ teet, robby baby, your wash out

    you can glaze the heck out of win turds all you want, it’s still a turd

  4. > …Pentagram? Figures that a devil-worshipper…

    I hope you are not serious. A Pentagram is a geometric figure, nothing more. And if you had read your Faust (I) you would know that a well drawn Pentagram has the power to BAN the devil… 😉

    (Could be useful in Ballmers presence)

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