Microsoft makes Windows 8 logo "official"

Microsoft makes Windows 8 logo
We reported a couple days ago that Microsoft was set to change their logo once again for Windows 8, introducing a Metro-aesthetic into the design of their famous logo. This was based on reports from a Chinese website, but today Microsoft has made the change official on their Windows blog.

In addition, they provided a nice history of the Windows logo, as well as some clarification as to why they made the changes. It apparently all began when Paula Scher of the Pentagram design agency asked “your name is Windows. Why (is your logo) a flag?”

The answer, it seems, lies in Microsoft’s attempt to make their original logo reflect the advances in desktop computing over the years. The original logo for Windows 1.0 (anyone remember that?) did in fact use a series stylized windows as their design influence, but subsequent iterations (starting in Windows 3.1) added “motion” to the logo, eventually leading to the multicolored flag we’ve all grown to associate with Windows products.

The design team seized on this, realizing it would better fit in with the Metro design style, and better symbolize the future of Windows, rather than its past. Public reaction seems to be split on the change, but we do at least like the forward-looking concepts behind the change.

Check the source link for a closer look at the evolution of the Windows logo, and let us know how you feel about the new one in the comments below.


source: Microsoft via Engadget

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13 Comments

1. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

-_- ''''

2. Castro90

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

WHAT THE F**K PHONEARENA, every time I try zooming into the picture the ads you let on your website obstruct my viewing!! greasy hornballs

7. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Stop the page from loading right before it gets to the end. Thats what i do if i am using an android tablet on this site. If you are using a firefox browser, you can install a flash blocker which will also keep that from happening. If you are using an iPad, it will just block it automatically since they wont do Adobe Flash. But i agree, it is annoying if you dont block it.

3. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

WTF is that ICS's Honest (blue)? Quck Apple sue them for this...

4. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

gg Microsoft designers, they are getting blind

5. BioTek

Posts: 53; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Microsoft should have stayed with the logo for Windows 7.

6. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

The critics. Should just STFU!

8. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

The window should have been colourful

9. REYNER

Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

i am worried my grandparents planning to have a gift for me and i im sensing a laptop, if they will buy me a laptop. with windows 7.. is windows 8 would be available to them? hopefully it would still be compatible :(

10. ilia1986 unregistered

I'm truly excited by this.. Windows 8 has the same requirements as Win 7 - which means that everything can run it in one form or another! Can't wait to down... err buy - yes buy (lol yeah right) this thing already!

11. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I like the new logo. Its plain, its simple, and signifies the new UI. Some say this, some say that, but in reality there's always someone out there crying about something. I admit I'm one of them, but I bee-utch most about the availability of wp's. Not much out there, especially in the way of tmo. fudge!!!

12. thelegend6657 unregistered

OMG i love metro but keep the same logo please its oversimplified

13. JC557

Posts: 1921; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

For some reason the new logo makes me think this OS as a Linux distro....

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