Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Nov 2009 20:40 UTC
Windows Okay, so this is new. When it comes to graphical user interfaces, everyone is copying everyone, but you'll always find supporters of platform Abc claiming platform Xyz is stealing from them - and vice versa. Mac supporters have often stated that Vista and Windows 7 were copying from Apple, and according to Microsoft's partner group manager, Simon Aldous, this is true. Wait, what?
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It's not like everyone didn't already know
by haus on Wed 11th Nov 2009 20:52 UTC
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If they say that it's a misquote or something like Thom is suggesting, it will be because it's bad PR for the company rather than it being false.

Such blatant copying on Microsoft's part is something that is commonly known. The Microsoft apologists may try to sugar coat it by saying that inspiration goes both ways. I suppose that may be true on some level but I highly doubt that Apple holds up Microsoft's ideas as something to mimic. Rather, Apple may sometimes feel like they have to follow a design standard because it's more commonly in use because Microsoft populated it.

I've always believed that Microsoft on the other hand holds Apple's UIs up as a standard to try to achieve and this quote now confirms it.

Trying to outdo ones competition is something every business should aspire to do. If anyone is complaining about Microsoft its not that they copied but that they blatantly copy, copy poorly and rarely make improvements as a result.

Lets not muddy the waters anymore by implying that the copying is done equally. It does a disservice to the organizations who actually create and ship UI's that are both aesthetically pleasing as well as functional.

On a side note... Thom, apparently you're spending time on MDN too.

Edited 2009-11-11 21:06 UTC

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