Microsoft's partner group manager, Simon Aldous told IT channel magazine PCR earlier this week that the software giant tried to "create a Mac look and feel in terms of graphics" when designing Windows 7. Aldous said Microsoft had "tried to listen to what customers want in terms of a much slicker user interface and the ability to engage with it far more intuitively".
"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," he said.
However, Windows Communications Manager Brandon LeBlanc has refuted the claims.
In a post to the Windows 7 Team blog, LeBlanc described Aldous' statement as "inaccurate and uninformed".
"An inaccurate quote has been floating around the internet today about the design origins of Windows 7 and whether its look and feel was 'borrowed' from Mac OS X," said LeBlanc in the post.
"Unfortunately this came from a Microsoft employee who was not involved in any aspect of designing Windows 7. I hate to say this about one of our own, but his comments were inaccurate and uninformed. If you're interested in learning more about the design of Windows 7, I suggest reading this AP story with Julie Larson-Green as well as these WSJ (membership required) and Fast Company articles."