On Second Thought …

Just a few days ago, Microsoft executive Simon Aldous was explaining why Windows 7 emulates OS X.

“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…”
(as reported at Apple Insider)

What a difference a day makes. Today Microsoft denied Aldous’s comments. What is missing from the retraction is an explanation of some remarkable new similarities like the task bar and dock.

I’m not sure why Microsoft is making such a big deal about this. The OS manufacturers have been boosting ideas from each other since the very first operating systems. People used to joke that Cupertino was Redmond’s research and development office. Nevertheless, it is entertaining.

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