Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

Blogging about Windows since before Vista became a bad word

Whose Idea Was It To Prove Apple Right?

Last August, I slammed Apple for making up a really ugly gel button of the Vista logo and saying that it was the read deal, when at the time, it most obviously wasn't.

So whose brilliant idea was it to make the really cool Start Orb and add a overexaggerated gel feel to it, making it look like ass, for the advertising?

Ugh. Why would Microsoft unnecessarily invite Apple comparisons by doing that? It looks like they took Apple's fake gel button and set the contrast to "extreme". They should have stuck with the original.



  • Jason Cox said:

    They have one of those up on the new Vista site (a placeholder if you dont have Flash) that looks like it was saved with Paint's JPEG compression. It's ugly as hell, even before the compression.

    January 31, 2007 12:47 AM
  • Chia Fong said:

    I don't share your sentiment on this.  To me this is not "took Apple's fake gel button and set the contrast to extreme".  The design is to make the logo look more like an orb with the Windows flag in the middle.  This is so much better than Apple's fake gel button and more lively than the dull original logo.

    January 31, 2007 2:31 AM
  • Mimi said:

    It's dark and blurry, just like Vista.

    January 31, 2007 5:22 AM
  • LWill said:

    I think Apple was trying to give the Vista 'Orb' its personal touch....i.e. the Apple touch, back then. I was searching for some Steve Jobs-related pics (not looking for his smug photos, in particular) when I came upon two very interesting ones.

    Take a look at the two photos below and you might be convinced as well:

    (and also, less obvious)

    February 13, 2007 1:22 AM