Windows 8 logo gets Metro-fied

Windows 8 logo gets Metro-fied
Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 mobile/desktop OS has garnered significant interest, and they haven’t been shy with sharing technical details of late. Today we have an update of a more cosmetic nature for you – the redesigned Windows logo that is expected to debut on Windows 8.

The logo was first shown by Chinese website cnBeta, and it has been subsequently confirmed by sources at The Verge. It’s not yet official, but there seem to be multiple independent sources confirming the logo change.

The new logo draws heavily on the Metro design aesthetic, which shouldn’t be a surprise, since the touch-driven user experience of Windows 8 is getting top billing. Gone is the multi-colored waving flag that has graced Windows for over a decade. Instead we get a monochromatic logo with an angular “flag” that looks more like a window (or more like a group of Live Tiles).

The new logo will apparently be officially revealed in the consumer preview that is expected near the end of the month, and the redesigned logo may be used to reinforce the marketing campaign for Windows 8, which is reported to be “Windows reimagined”.

What do you guys think? Is it a needed breath of fresh air, or is Microsoft fixing something that wasn’t broke?


source: cnBeta, The Verge

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37 Comments

1. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

Neat.jpeg

2. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

The Windows-logo was beautiful... it was...

3. pkiran1996

Posts: 166; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

The new logo is somewhat representative of the new interface, it is still not original enough. It looks more like a logo for some sort of printing company, although I like the simplicity and up-to-date-ness of the logo.

4. tahnik

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

This logo could be better....Just saying....

5. ilia1986 unregistered

I totally think that Win 8 tablets will KILL the iPad. Metro-style interface for basic iPad-like tasks + FULL desktop Windows OS. That, with Intel's new chips, meaning it can run x86 software will be awesome. :)

35. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I'm still waiting to see those full strength windows8 tablets running with x86 chips. If they can prove to be smooth, stable, and compatible with most PC apps and mobile apps, I'm going to probably throw some money down. That is assuming they wont really be 1000 bux like other reports suggested. If they can keep them price wise with the ipad or lower, then I think its going to be a big winner. Throw on 50-100gb of SSD and give us removable Micro slots to compensate for anything else, and lets get rockin!

6. manuell3g

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

It is no doubt that most people will prefer a tablet with a desktop like but touch optimized interface. I believe de 1st windows 8 tablet will set a world record with sales.cos I cant think of any geek out there who wouldn't sell their laptops for a full os running tablet???

7. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

apollo for 1st gen phones ? yes or no?

10. Scott_H

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

When we know you'll know, promise!

23. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Most rumors are yes. But that is all they are- rumors. Will pass on any good info as it rears it's ugly head. Stay hopeful.

34. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

If I had to bet, I'd say yes since they all have the same minimum standards. At worse, it would go to the ones with the stronger specs like the Nokias that are clocked to 1.4ghz (that and nokia gets special treatment)

8. prashant_93 unregistered

Nah!.. Old is Gold

9. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

what bout 2nd gen phone? -,-

33. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Yes....but not confirmed officially.... :-(

11. AbsentbebniM

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

@ilia1986: What was the purpose of your comment? The article is about the redesigned Windows logo. No mention is made of Apple or the iPad. As basic as the new logo is, I find it aesthetically pleasing and fell it encompasses both the history and future of Windows. I am glad to see they didn't try to 3 dimensionalize the logo like AT&T did.

12. ilia1986 unregistered

Nope. The purpose of my post was to express my opinion. Oh, and promote an Anti-Apple propaganda to support freedom of choice in consumer electronics, minor things, I know. :)

13. rodex

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

may be they should add some color to each tile... i liked the waving colorful flag... although I love the wp7 phones and interface, this logo could be a little better.. I think ;)

14. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

God windows 8 is coming out and they haven't even fixed the problems with windows 7 64bit yet. Windows XP was the best OS they put out, and they want to put out a new OS ever 3 years! Haha

18. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

what "problems" i haven't had any problems with 64bit unless I'm trying to run an ancient program that is no longer being supported. XP is the new windows 95

19. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

My laptop has a 2.6ghz Intel i5 CPU and 4gb of ram and it lags even while typing or the system runs slow at times. Talked to many of friends with windows 7 64bit and they have same to similar problems. Even loading in pages or tabs are slow, I have a 15mb connection so that isn't it. Scan for viruses and spy and malware and nothing found. I thought is was a step up from windows vistas problems but haven't really found it any better.

20. ilia1986 unregistered

Have you tried - you know - reformatting your hard-drive? Windows requires formatting every 2 - 3 years. Otherwise it becomes sluggish, no matter how many optimizations, registry cleaners, defrags and boosters you get. Nothing to do with 64bit.

21. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

ilia is right, any lag problems are due mostly to hardware issues. It has nothing to do with the OS

26. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

So I should reformat my laptop even tho its only a few months old??? Yea right, it doesn't always lag or slow down, just here and there. Maybe the brand MSI that I have, or maybe when Norton or Spyware doctor is scanning in the background. All I know is internet explorer is horrible leaving me to use sky fire.

30. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

IE9 32bit in Windows7 is fast and safe! But don't use the 64bit version because it's slow. So even in a 64bit Windows7, experts recommend you use IE9 32bit.

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i have way less than that with no slowdowns. Im running a core2duo with 4 gigs of memory,9800GT, and win7-64bit, and it runs pretty flawless. what version windows are you running? if your only running 32 bit, its not reading the whole 4gigs of memory properly. You need 64bit. Really, you should be on 64 bit anyways. It works so much better.

15. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I like it. Microsoft really is bringng it hard arent they.

16. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

windows 8 man im getting hard tablet and phone im on it.

17. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Looks like an actual window

22. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

urrgh.this looks like the logo for a late 90s engineering company.the older 4 color logo ,just metro,squarish would be way better.

24. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Of all the things I am looking excitedly to with W8, the logo was not even on my radar, and of course that is the only thing confirmed. I am not super impressed. Needs more eye catching colors.

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