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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. 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.
As one would expect, the software moloch quickly refuted it all:
Simon was incorrect in describing Windows 7 in this way and subsequent headlines claiming that the Mac OS inspired Windows 7 are totally inaccurate
I'm sure Microsoft never got inspired by others. LOL!
There's a difference in being inspired by something and "stealing" it and even after having employees admitting it, still not being man enough to admit it.
But I guess that's MSFTs corporate culture going back to Bill Gates himself.
Don't take my word for it, watch "Pirates of Silicon Valley" ;) [Which I've never seen]
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is claimed to be a copycat act of *Windows* ?
Prior art my friend: unix existed since 1969, Microsoft wasn't even founded.
And if you mean a window with a terminal inside: take a look at e.g. sunview (dates back to the 1980s) or X11 (1984).
If that makes the top 10: well I'm sorry for whoever made that list as checking facts isn't their strongest point for sure.
Borrowing goes on all the time in interface design. I find this entire 'stealing' connotation a bit too over the top.
Think of all the website design that's gone on over the years. I guess I borrowed or 'stole' a lot of design concepts from authors I admired or envied...much from esteemed WebmasterWorld Mods. If I 'stole' a few CSS concepts combined with a few lines of HTML code along the way it hasn't harmed the web. That's just a part of learning and evolving on a web design front.
Firefox, Safari, IE and Chrome 'stole' the tabbed interface from Opera...along with several other features. I don't see the web up in arms about that.
I don't get all the feigned indignation on this topic. It's just design elements moving forward and getting better for the users. If you look into a lot of this there is very little 'original' innovation going on.
I'd not use "steal" on the trivial parts. On the major leaps: yes that's more like "stealing" if you "copy" it without permission, as it should be patentable to the one inventing it.