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John Gruber just made quite an interesting post/find on his site about how Microsoft has straight copied Apple’s Workgroup Manager Icon. Here’s a screenshot of Microsoft’s page with the icon: The page this is on is here (click the Buy Now button). Then check out the […]

John Gruber just made quite an interesting post/find on his site about how Microsoft has straight copied Apple’s Workgroup Manager Icon.

Here’s a screenshot of Microsoft’s page with the icon:

Workgroup icon

The page this is on is here (click the Buy Now button).

Workgroup icon

Then check out the icon on Apple’s OS X Server page (towards the bottom).

This is way more than “inspiration” here. This is some kid at Microsoft going to the Apple site, saving the image to the Microsoft server, and then bragging to his boss that he just whipped up the icon. Pathetic.

UPDATE: It would seem Microsoft have swapped out the icon…what a surprise.

By Josh Pigford

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  1. Hm, it looks like the tilt is a bit different, that makes it okay, right?

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  2. Wow… just wow.

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  3. I’m not sure if this is the case, but previously when I would here someone stated that “those icons are Mac-ish” or “Windows stole those icons”, I figured out that neither group designed their own icons and most of the work was done by the same company, IconFactory. Since this single company is creating for both OSes, we have reason to believe that both will look similar and neither is copying.

    One complaint I would have is using the same icon for two different things.

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  4. I’m no MS fan, but I find it hard to believe they would just steal something like that.

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  5. And both look like complete rip-offs of David Lanham’s Agua icon set… done a LONG time ago! Since he works for Iconfactory, I suppose he is responsible for the icon, but I can’t believe he wouldn’t change at least **something** about the icons before selling them to MS and Apple.

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  6. I guess I should say they were completely INSPIRED and heavily COPIED, not rip-offs.

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  7. I saw this on Gruber’s site also, but is there any confirmation that the Apple site did indeed use the icon before the M$ site.

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  8. (In reply to #4 Andrew)
    Teach a college web design class, and see how students think any thing they find on the internet is their free depository of ideas and sadly, you’ll see how easily and often this happens as depicted above.
    While i believe 99.99% of things in the world are derivatives, it is sad when a lack of originality or respect when representing a company or product or idea is taken.

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  9. [...] Posted by Aitor García Mon, 11 Dec 2006 21:37:52 GMT Ummm… este icono me suena… ¡coño! como es exactamente el que aparece en Mac OS X. Sabia que la creatividad pasaba por horas bajas en las oficinas de Redmond pero esto … simplemente y como dicen en the Apple Blog, es patético. [...]

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  10. Workgroup Manager (from which the icon originates) has been in use in OS X Server since at least version 10.3. Placing it ahead of M$ by about 3 years. The icon hasn’t changed in the interim.

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