Things Microsoft staff shouldn't say - "Windows 7 copies the Mac"

Bitterwallet - Windows 7 is based on Mac experienceTried Windows 7 yet? Get the nagging feeling it all looks and feels a little familiar? Management at Microsoft think so. Simon Aldous is partner group manager for the company, and has some very particular views on what inspired Microsoft when designing their new operating system:

"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."

Bang to rights, right there. Except you can't take his word for it - Aldous then goes on to make one of the outrageous claims of the century to date, which robs him of any credibility the word Microsoft in his job title may afford him:

"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."

You mean the universally loathed Vista that was despised by everybody and Windows couldn't wait to get rid of because it was so unstable, or some other OS by the same name we don't know about? This shaved monkey in a suit is a salesman at the end of the day, and they rank on the trustworthy scale slightly below a hungry tiger. Back in your boxes, Microsoft bashers.



  • Chris
    Both Vista & 7 are more stable the Mac OS X. Stuid spinning beach ball.
  • Jason
    The fact that Windows 7 was so released so soon after Vista (in comparison to the time gap between their other OS') shows that even Microsoft know Vista was crap. They didn't even attempt to release a Service Pack for it. The recent "My Idea" adverts are bullshit too. I've seen three iterations and all should be "One day I opened up a Mac and realised that this is how a computer should work". I've had my Vista machine fail twice today (nothing major, just a programme not responding), as for Mac, I don't even know what error / crashes look like. Its the same with IE8, that "Compatibility Mode" that they've included is Microsoft waving at us all and saying "You know our previous browsers? We know they were shit. So much so that it's possible to create a feature that will show you the difference between the two". I rarely plug my own website, or blogs, but I wrote a little something about my experience with IE over the years...its abit generic, but it is meant to be a "can be read by all" blog.
  • Terry B.
    Jason - there are 2 service packs available for Vista, SP2 came out around May time.
  • Name (.
    I have no particular axe to grind, but I picked up a Mac one day and couldn't work out how to do the most basic things with it, like install Firefox. This fabled Mac holy grail 'intuitive user interface' is a myth. Granted, I'm used to using Windows but I also know enough about user interface design to recognise an intuitive interface - ie. it should be easy to work out how to do things. The reason things don't crash so much on Macs (that OSX tells you about, anyway) is that it supports about 10% of the peripherals and software that runs on Windows PCs. Peripheral drivers are the cause of most blue screens on Windows, not the operating system itself (Vista or Windows 7). Apple controls the hardware and software specs much more tightly for Mac. Which is a good thing. But that means you get 10% of the choice that PC users do, and pay twice as much for your hardware because manufacturers know they can screw you and you are happy to bend over and take it. Which is a bad thing. Apple relies on marketing, product design and above all people thinking their stuff is cool and that they are cool because they use it. It's nice for the Mac-boys to look down on us poor Windows folk huh? Well Mac OSX market share is still only about 5% and even that has been passed by Windows 7 already. I guess maybe, just maybe, people do want to use Windows 7 after all. Or at the very least, they don't want to pay £700+ for a basic Mac laptop. Next time you're standing at the Genius bar waiting for your Macbook to be fixed *again*, have a think about whether the Mac computing Nirvana is worth the extra expense.
  • Name (.
    That should be 'peripheral drivers are the *main* cause of blue screens', not the only cause, of course.
  • jiva
    ok I fix PC's for a living and I own and use macs at home. I've only ever been to the genius bar twice. Once for the battery which was recall and free. Then last week for a graphics n-vidia card which was also recall faulty and, because in waranty also free. This is because Macs are about supporting you and your hardware which they will get working and as long as its not your fault they will repair. Where as PC software is about being compatable with everything so it cant do it all with as much ease or panache. I find macs easy, and they don't break easily. PC's are an age old problem of legacy software and equipment and getting everything to work with everything. Plus you're then also relyant on 3rd party shoddy goods from any old PC manufacturer. Still I'd be unemployed if it were not for windows systems. Long live items that break to keep me working.
  • Gunn
    If Mac and PC's were the same price it would be a different story. Everyone has a preferred OS, I like AmigaOS but without any decent software support, its Windoze for me!
  • IfYouCopyMyNameYouAreGay
    Jason, I opened up your blog with the intention of reading, then saw you felt the need to put letters after your name, so I decided against.
  • IfYouCopyMyNameYouAreGay
    Hi Jason - Are you free tonight ; ) Jason x
  • Marcus S.
    Vista is more stable than OSX? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Gunn, I like OSX precisely because it reminds me so much of AmigaOS/Workbench. OSX and XP/W7 dualboot and you have the best of both worlds.
  • charitynjw
    Aldous must be Microsoft in the head!!!
  • Jase
    IfYouCopyMyNameYouAreGay... I think after paying £3000 a year on my tuition I have the right to put BA Hons after my name. I am proud of my education and will flaunt it wherever I damn well please. My website is there to show my ability and help me get a job, and in these hard times one of the initial screenings for job applications is degree vs. no I'll let that make the call on whether it should appear on my website.
  • gilgamesh w.
    Yeah, but... BA? I'd keep it quiet if I were you. G. Wibbletonhurst SSC (Hons)
  • Jase
    There's nothing wrong with mock me just because I'm not like the rest of you nerdy fuckwits with no social skills, but a BSc to your name. Enjoy your dark basement and C# code ;)
  • Lasandra A.
    According to Wikipedia, freeware is copyrighted computer software which is made available for use free of charge, for an unlimited time, as opposed to shareware where the user is required to pay (e.g. after some trial period or for additional functionality). Authors of freeware often want to "give something to the community", but also want credit for their software and to retain control of its future development. Sometimes when programmers decide to stop developing a freeware product, they will give the source code to another programmer or release the product's source code to the public as free software.

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