Last year, Microsoft released the Windows 8 developer preview for the developers to try and it received some mixed reviews. We reviewed it too and we thought it was great on the cosmetic side, as I love the new Metro UI and all that’s related to that. However, on the performance side, there weren’t any significant improvements. Others also thought that the Windows 8 operating system, which is due to be launched sometime this year, will not be a major improvement like Microsoft had promised. Now, the company is also redesigned the Windows 8 logo apart from changing the Start button on Windows 8.
The new Windows 8 logo, as shown in the official Windows Team Blog, is similar to the first ever logo that was created for the operating system. It isn’t anything like the new colored flag that we’re so used, heck it is not even a flag anymore. For Microsoft, Windows 8 is a very important upgrade from all it’s previous versions and makes a tilt towards the all new Metro UI. So, the new logo should also match the whole new look right? Well, that’s what it does. Below is a comparison of the new Windows logo and the ones so far;
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Microsoft asked the Global design firm called Pentagram to design the new logo for Windows 8. It’s super simple and depicts four window panes in the color blue that slightly tilt in an angle. As stated in the Windows team blog;
In some ways you can trace the evolution of the Windows logo in parallel with the advancements of the technology used to create logos. From the simple two color version in Windows 1.0 to the intricate and detailed renderings in Windows Vista and Windows 7, each change makes sense in the context in which it was created. As computing capabilities increased, so did the use of that horse power to render more colors, better fonts, and more detailed and life-like 3D visual effects like depth, shadows, and materiality. We have evolved from a world of rudimentary low resolution graphics to today’s rich high-resolution systems. And what started as a simple “window” to compliment the product name became a flying or waving flag.
So, the company has jumped right back to basics with the newly redesigned Windows 8 logo. Some think that it is too plain and nothing out of the box, well, that’s what the company is trying to do with their new operating system too. Microsoft wanted the logo to be simple, but wanted it to look confident enough. And, if you think it’s not modern, then think again, because the logo changes colors accordingly when you change the system colors.
What do you have to say about the new Windows 8 logo? Do you like it?