Typical: Microsoft rips off Apple’s Workgroup Manager icon

In a totally unsurprising development, the derivative Microsoft has clearly ripped off Apple’s Workgroup Manager icon.

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber has the info and screenshots here.

MacDailyNews Note: Microsoft seems to have already changed their icon after being caught red-handed.

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  1. what can you say here?

    …probably used it as a placeholder until they could come up with a “SIMILAR” icon…and the placeholder just went out as is…keep an eye on this…it will disappear from the site by the end of the day.

  2. I am shocked upon reading this news brief.
    Microsoft has long carried the torch of original thought and design.
    Take the recycle bin, for instance.

    Just joshin’ ya…Microsoft sux!


  3. After seeing Daring Fireball this morning I checked the MS web site and low and behold… the icon image was there. I copied both the MS and the Apple versions and opened them in Fireworks.

    The MS ‘version’ was just a messed up (slightly larger and re-compressed as a gif) version of the original jpeg that Apple had up. Doing that manipulation made the icon fuzzy and, well, fuzzy.

    Going over it at extreme close-up (I was on ‘hold’) shows that it really was the same image. Taking the Apple jpeg and enlarging it and converting to a gif and I came up with the exact MS image.

    I’ve never heard of such a rip-off before. Why did they think that was a good idea?

  4. I love to bash MS as much as the rest of you, but I think

    this may have just been an honest mistake. The web designer

    was simply thumbing through a database of images, some of which

    are uploaded from the MS Mac lab.

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