I’m a Mac and Windows 7 was my idea: Microsoft exec admits Windows 7 a knockoff of Apple’s Mac OS X

Mac SystemsIn an interview published today, PCR spoke with Microsoft’s partner group manager, Simon Aldous, who offered this admission about Windows 7:

The interesting thing is, [Windows 7] is basically the next version of Vista… 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. 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.

Aldous, perhaps realizing that he might have just been a little too honest for a Microsoft employee, then added:

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.

MacDailyNews Take: Proof that Windows 7ista, with its upside-down, and backwards Mac ripoff UI is “far more stable than the current Mac platform?” Nope, none given by the Microsoft flack. There never is.

Full interview here.

MacDailyNews Take: I’m a Mac and Windows 7 was my idea. Some things never change. What’s “new” in Microsoft’s latest version of Windows is often quite old in Apple Mac.

[Attribution: Macworld UK. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

52 Comments

  1. I think most reporters either are tech-ignorant or are afraid that a penetrating interview might result in complaints to the reporter’s employer from M$, resulting in the reporter’s assignment to Ulan Bator for the rest of their career.

  2. Only one statistic needs be mentioned here:

    80% of the existing viruses, worms, trojans, spyware, etc., thrown at Win7 recently got through and did their dirty deeds. What is that, 80,000 pieces of destructive code? And billions and billions of dollars wasted to repair the damage done to PCs and their servers around the world?!

    And how about the guy who’s just done 11 months of jail time for having child porn on a computer that another piece of Windows malware put there without his knowledge? THAT is something to brag about, Microsoft!

    Once again–as of this moment in time only . . . how many malicious and successful virii does the Mac have to be on the lookout for?

    NONE! NONE!! That would be N-O-N-E!!!

    And Win7 is more stable? Give the entire thinking world a break, Mr. Aldous. You are a blowhard, a liar, and an unrepentant shill. Bend over some more and spread ’em; we like the look.

  3. “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.”

    Well, counting all the Unix based computer crashes vs all the Vista/7 based computer crashes for all time and using a geologic time scale (because really computer advancements can be counted in epochs) I’d say the Windows guy has a point. Vista/7 has crashed far less in the past 150 million years than Unix.

    What?

  4. Actually, it isn’t close. I just installed Win 7 in Parallels 5 and, yes, it’s pretty, but it’s still clunky to use and, when you start trying to actually do anything, you quick discover that it’s still Win 95 in terms of functionality, except far more convoluted. If Adobe would only re-release Frame Maker for the Mac I could do away with all of this tripe!

  5. Rock solid Windows 7 on my Dell is humming along nicely, thank you. And everything is super-easy. You MAC sheep have no idea. The key is you have to know what you’re doing. Obviously MAC fangirls don’t know how to maintain computers, install anti-virus software and keep malware defenses up to date. You should also sign up for Microsoft’s Window Live OneCare subscription service. If you don’t know how to do that then maybe you shouldn’t be using computers.

    Your potential. Our passion.™

  6. “… it’s built on that very stable core Vista technology, which is far more stable than the current Mac platform, for instance.”

    There. He said it, although surrounded with lies.

    It’s still vista.

  7. Re Grestash –

    using Powerpoint is akin to self inflicted torture. Keynote is far superior.
    Time to get off the MS bandwagon. It’s on a very slippery path to nowhere.
    6 months from now MS’ slipping capitalization will be a big news item.

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