This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
The source code for Windows XP has reportedly been leaked online, from which it has been revealed that Microsoft was developing a Mac-style XP theme internally.
According to international tech media outlet The Verge, the source code for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 has been leaked to various file-sharing sites. The Verge has confirmed that the material is authentic, and several security researchers have endorsed it (tweets below and more) ); an MS spokesperson reportedly said that the company is “investigating the matter.”
The Windows XP SP1 source code leak looks pretty legit
What makes this case interesting is that we now know that early work in the development of Windows XP and unpublished themes were created in early 2000.
One of the themes was named "Candy" and was very similar to the Mac's Aqua interface, which was first unveiled at the 2000 Macworld Conference&Expo (an event where Apple products were shown and announced). Aqua was a series of GUI designs adopted from Mac OS v10.0 and featured a three-dimensional design with a white and light blue base. Aqua was a series of GUI designs adopted from Mac OS v10.0 and featured a three-dimensional design with a white and light blue base.
While this theme is imperfect, various UI elements, including the Start button in Windows XP, are clearly consistent with Aqua, according to the report. However, MS has never released this Aqua theme to the public. The theme is described as a "Whistler skin with eye candy," but "Whistle" was the internal code name for Windows XP. In other words, it was presumably used as a placeholder to build the theme engine for Windows XP in the early stages of development.
The final version of Windows XP, released in 2001, officially adopted the blue and green Luna theme, and the Aqua theme was ultimately not released to the world. However, it seems to be a reminder of the atmosphere of the early 2000s, when MS and Apple were in a fierce competition for the desktop OS.
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