Microsoft just recently redesigned the Windows logo with an explanation at the Windows Blog and a product as big as the Windows Operating System changing the logo can either make or break the product, just look at what happened when Gap changed their classic logo. Almost all of us grew using the Windows OS after (probably) saving enough money to buy that Mac or switched to a Linux OS. In any case Windows is the very first OS that all of us used and probably still using. With the soon to be released Windows 8 OS that will officially use the new Windows Logo, here’s a look back on the different Windows logo that Microsoft used from Windows 1.0 to Windows 8.
This was the very first Windows logo, use on versions Windows 1.0 to 2.X. Though not a full OS and run above MS-DOS Shell, Windows 1.x to 2.x are both 16-bit Microsoft Windows GUI-based operating environment that can run their own executable files.
The classic logo was used by Microsoft for Windows 3.x which was released on May 22, 1990, this is also the start of the first Windows flag logo. The logo will also be the basis for the logo of succeeding Windows versions like windows 95, 98 and Windows Me. Windows 3.X was the version of Windows that I first used (in college) and I was still unfamiliar with all the GUI stuff (I was a DOS person back then) and if your PC is running running Windows 3.11 and a branded one, you’re considered as one of the elite/popular kids.
Use on Windows 95 to 98, which was first released on August 1995, which is practically the same logo used on Windows 3.x though the angle of the logo change for a bit. This is where Microsoft started bundling Internet Explorer and MS Office application that helped those two product become the leader in their respective markets. Windows 98 SE was the first Windows version that I installed on the PC that I personally built. Though it was not as good as I want it to be, but at least I was able to play the games that I wanted. 🙂
A variation of the classic Windows logo used on Windows 3.x to Windows 98 but this time Microsoft added the orange, blue and green squares which are a component of the Windows NT 4.0 Workstation logo. This version of Windows is one of the buggiest version this is where I was introduced to the “bluescreen of death” screen which appeared almost every time I use the computer, this is also the first Windows version where Microsoft tried to unified the 95 and NOt code base. Different version of this logo was also used by Microsoft for Windows 2000 Professional.
Microsoft changed the classic Windows logo to a more sophisticated and eye-candy logo but still using the Windows flag concept. This new logo was first used on Windows XP that was first released to computer manufacturers on August 24, 2001 and considered as the second most popular Windows version (based on user base). Personally this is the most stable version of Windows, able to run older and newer games and application. Windows XP is now 11 years old and will still be supported by Microsoft until April 2014. The same logo was used by Microsoft for Windows Vista and Windows 7.
The new Windows 8 logo, if you look at it closely it looks like a different version of the original Windows logo, with a slight different in the angle of the squares, including the colors. Though if you’ve been using (or used) the upcoming Windows 8, you’ll immediately notice that Microsoft used one of the primary colors of the tiles for the Metro UI. Windows 8 is slated to be released later this year and Microsoft is betting on the new Windows version to bring back it’s glory days, specially in the mobile market which is now dominated by Apple’s iOS and Google Android.
So what do you think about the new Windows (Windows 8) Logo?
Last modified: February 19, 2012