Microsoft is working on Windows 8, and from documents it’s seen, CNET says, "One thing that is made abundantly clear is that Microsoft has been paying attention to Apple."
CNET says it’s seen a slide show Microsoft put together for computer makers in April. "In particular, one slide titled "How Apple Does It: A Virtuous Cycle," talks about the need for simplicity in design. "Apple brand is known for high quality, uncomplicated, ‘it just works,’" the slide says, adding that "This is something people will pay for!"
The CNET article also says, "Although Windows has continued to dominate the PC market, still holding roughly 95 percent of global market share, it faces a significant threat from mobile operating systems looking to encroach on the low end of the computer market, including the iPad and Android-based devices."