Microsoft admits they copy from Apple

Steve Jobs and others have said for years that Microsoft copies Apple. Remember the “Redmond, start your photocopiers” banner from WWDC 2004? Well now, someone deep inside the beast has admitted it. Straight from the horse’s mouth, here’s Moishe Lettvin, formerly of the Microsoft Windows Mobile PC User Experience team:

My team had a very talented UI designer and my particular feature had a good, headstrong program manager with strong ideas about user experience. We had a Mac that we looked to as a paragon of clean UI. Of course the Shell team also had some great UI designers and numerous good, headstrong PMs who valued (I can only assume) simplicity and so on. Perhaps they had a Mac too.

Emphasis added. Wow.

One Response to “Microsoft admits they copy from Apple”

  1. bob Says:

    To be fair, one former Microsoft employee is not the same as the entire Microsoft organization.

    I think your headline would be more accurate as “Microsoftee admits…”.

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