updated 09:45 am EST, Thu November 12, 2009
Original claims deemed 'inaccurate'
The appearance of Windows 7 is not based on Mac OS X, says Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc, writing on the official Windows Blog. A Microsoft partner group manager, Simon Aldous, recently told the the press that the "look and feel" of the new OS was based deliberately on the "graphical and easy to use" nature of the Mac interface, allegedly one of its main draws. Windows 7 does feature elements strongly similar to Mac OS X, such as the Expose-like Aero Peek and a Dock-like taskbar.
LeBlanc calls Aldous' statements "inaccurate and uninformed," noting that the manager was "not involved in any aspect of designing Windows 7." Much of the interface was decided by Windows Experience head Julie Larson-Green, and Sam Moreau, in charge of user-experience design for Windows 7. Each describes the upgraded elements either as an attempt to improve on Vista, or to accomplish particular objectives, such as rendering the look of the taskbar "energetic and alive."