Microsoft Exec Draws Fire for “Mac Look and Feel” Statements

Wow. Lessons in how not to open your mouth abound in the tech community, but this one takes the case. Microsoft executive Simon Aldous opened his mouth, a can of worms, and a world of hurt when he made statements in an interview that the design of Windows 7 was based on the Mac interface. Here’s the offending quote:

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.

True, false, partially true, whatever, that’s just something that you’d never expect to hear out of anyone associated with Microsoft. The Redmond spin machine is in full speed mode trying to undo the damage and it looks like Aldous has not only been tossed under the bus, but is probably going to be buried in a deep, dark hole. As he should be.