Bertrand Serlet (French: [bɛʁtʁɑ̃ sɛʁlɛ]; born 1960), is a French software engineer; he worked first at the Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique (INRIA) before leaving France for the United States in 1985. He is the former Senior Vice President of Software Engineering at Apple, Inc.
Serlet spoke at WWDC 2006 on the perceived similarities between Mac OS X Tiger and Windows Vista, including comparing Apple's Aqua interface and Microsoft's Aero interface. He poked fun at the apparent visual similarities and referenced a 2004 WWDC banner that read, "Redmond, start your photocopiers" — a reference to Microsoft headquarters, which is in Redmond, Washington. He also spoke at WWDC 2009 and gave an in-depth demonstration of Snow Leopard, which included further references to Microsoft's Windows operating system — claiming that Windows 7 is just another version of their highly criticized Vista release, citing the ongoing use of the Windows registry, DLLs, the User Account Control subsystem and existence of an interactive disk defragmenter.
On March 23, 2011, Apple announced that Serlet was leaving the company "to focus less on products and more on science."
According to BusinessInsider, he has founded a startup in cloud computing called Upthere with other former Apple employees. In November, 2012, Upthere raised an undisclosed amount of venture capital funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Elevation Partners, and Google Ventures.