Windows XP Had a Very Mac-like Unused Theme

Windows XP Apple theme

I remember when Windows 7 came out, there were lots of raised eyebrows and jokes that it looked rather a lot like Mac OS X. (“I’m a Mac… and Windows 7 was my idea.”) Of course, the rivalry and accusations of copying from both sides had begun long before that. The Verge reported that a leak of Windows XP code revealed some very Apple-like features in one theme. (Image credit: The Verge.)

A recent Windows XP source code leak has revealed Microsoft’s early work on the operating system and some unreleased themes the company created during its early XP development back in 2000. One is labeled “Candy” and includes a design that closely resembles Apple’s Aqua interface that was first introduced at the Macworld Conference & Expo in 2000. Although the theme is incomplete, the Windows XP Start button and various buttons and UI elements are clearly themed to match Apple’s Aqua. Microsoft never released its Aqua theme for Windows XP, and we understand it was used in early source code for the OS. Windows developers appear to have used the theme as a placeholder to build the theme engine for Windows XP.

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