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Windows 7: How we really designed the look and feel of Windows 7

11 Nov 2009   #1

How we really designed the look and feel of Windows 7

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.  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 interesting 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. And here is one of many blog posts on the E7 blog discussing the design process of Windows 7.


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11 Nov 2009   #2

Win 7 Ultimate x64 desktop, Win 8.1.1 x64 laptop, Win 7 Home x64 netbook, Win 8.1.1 x64 tablet

Hmm... I have and use both OS X and Win 7 and to me the only "look and feel" they have in common is that they are both windowed GUIs. I like Win 7 substantially better than OS X so I'm glad it isn't more "Mac like".
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11 Nov 2009   #3

7 x64/ Back-Track 4

+1 to Julie Larson-Green and her team Enjoying Windows 7 very much... But i cannot wait to see how WIndows "8" turns out and its even more advanced/cool looking GUI!
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