Microsoft Reveals Windows 8 Logo: Simple and Elegant

Patrick Nosker February 18, 2012 4
Microsoft Reveals Windows 8 Logo: Simple and Elegant

Gone are the four colored quadrants: Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow. The era of the Windows logo we once knew is gone. Replacing it are four blue rectangles.

The evolution of the Windows logo follows the evolution of Windows. With Windows 1.0 being the initial Microsoft GUI operating system with simple blue blocks, the Windows 8 logo is almost like a futuristic look at it. Modernity paired with simplicity no doubt due to Apple’s significant growth with their easy-to-use systems and design philosophy.

Moving onto Windows 3.1, the first with the four colored quadrants and the wave shape, was a huge step forward. Instead of having to use commands to open your programs and manage the system, the Windows GUI could do everything you needed. Double-clicks were used to open programs and you could use color instead of text.

The the Windows 95/98/ME era where the Windows 3.1-esque logo was tilted to the side. This era encompasses the 16/32 bit hybrid Windows versions. The Start Menu arrived and made everything so much easier. Rather than having to boot to DOS, Windows was the only thing you saw. Copy and Paste was easy. You could go on the Internet now. The world was connected with the Windows 95-ME era.

Windows XP brought the most recent modern colored tiles you are probably familiar with. This lasted until Windows 7. This era was significant as it brought about the world of 64-bit computing and fast network access. Instead of dialing up to AOL, you just plugged your computer into the cable modem. DVDs could be enjoyed on your PC. This was the age of modern multimedia with streaming video, Napster and Torrents, and YouTube.

Now, almost taking a step back, Windows 8 is designed to be simple. With a slight hint of Windows 1 simplicity, the operating system can run on simpler ARM processors. The main interface is a system of tiles rather than the complicated menu-upon-menu of the Windows 95-7 systems. Let’s see if Microsoft can follow through and make the system both easier to use and more modern at the same time.


  1. Sven Svenson February 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Umm, are you serious? More elegant? The only reason why they went to the one color version, is for printing costs, just like Apple did years ago. And speaking of Apple, what machine do you think the original wavy logo was designed on anyways? Yup…Apple! This new logo is FUGLY!

  2. Herbie February 19, 2012 at 9:36 am - Reply

    I’ve never seen anything so ugly. but not only the logo, also the new Windows 8 start screen. Uff!!

  3. fargictacknometer February 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    it didn’t take long to make the logo, whatever you think about it. here’s a video showing someone making the logo in like a minute

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