After 25 years, I’d say it was time for an refresh. Above is the new one that you’ll start seeing pop up over the next few months. Back story and more on the Microsoft Blog.
Industry, Random By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson
It’s nice to know someone in the creative department has found the crayons again.
It’s the way to go nowadays… in the 90s if someone did that they’d called him incompetent designer. Now corps are too much into “cleaning” their logos… wich ultimately feels like lacking personality.
Justo look at DC comics’ logo now… awww.
BTW Microsoft is two black stripes far from infringeing Mondrian’s copyright
Hey Major, the Eighties are calling, and they want their graphic designers back!
I think it looks nice.
Appropriate given how the new Windows 8 UI looks, which I assume was what they were going for.
I like it! I think it looks good with Windows 8 and it’s going to look very sleek on boxes and together with other graphic elements.
I would not say it is a full refresh. It looks like the same logo but in the design that I’ve seen at times at the Microsoft store. Same setup, different style.
It shouldn’t be a “full” refresh, It still needs to hold some of it’s brand identity. Also if they were using it at times at the MS store, that means they were slowly bringing it public (“rolling it out”, so to speak)
Well, color is always a good thing. Also shows that the company is betting its bottom line on TILES.
I don’t like it, ive always prefer the wavy flag style windows logo, changing the logo after such a long time would be like changing the red stop sign
it going to look silly on future keyboards
This is the MS (the company) logo. Not a Windows (the product) logo. The new Windows logo is the (even more simplistic) all-blue one.
Point is they changed the company logo. the logo was there image when you see the logo you who it was, this new one is to close to the AVG logo and without the word “microsoft” youd mistake it for AVG logo
That’s so Metro.
More like Retro!
I would rather hear about some new IP’s.
Google (er..Bing), State of Decay Xbox. It is an exclusive new IP that ISN’T Kinect!
Yeah but it’s an XBLA game and the vast majority of gamers don’t care about those and the rest don’t know. They’re idiots for it but that’s the world we live in.
Lol at the people downvoting. Just give the sheep their transmetroid 4, gears and Forza and they’ll bend over for them.
It is probably cool to down vote, or it is a sense of rebelling, or to conform with nonconformists so they too can be “unique”… or maybe they don’t want new IPs, or don’t like new XBLA games, or possibly new IP retail games (I will look it up Phil, thanks. I hope its true, the XBLA game looks great so far, would love to see a full retail game.). Either way, I know I will be getting a ton of kids down voting this. lol.
I really like it but want is the yellow going to stand for?
I am not being sarcastic, but do any of the colors mean anything? If so, what?
Yes, blue is Windows, red is Office and green is Xbox. Yellow is still a mystery I guess.
Well those are the same colors as always, so it’s more a matter of when they create a ‘yellow’ product, not what the colors stand for.
Shrug. Yeah that’s pretty much the geometry I expected to see. I’m glad they kept the joined FT, much more noticeable with a thinner typeface.
The 1980 logo is still a classic though. The Seattle Times article is a good read.
I like it, but not too crazy about how MS is going into designing/identifying as square everything.
it’s hip to be square.
It looks like the AVG logo.
never thought of it that way but ur right. it just the colours are upside down
What’s with this simplistic logo fad? It was already old when it began.
Have to agree with you, I think what they had before was better. I’d rather see a retro fad going on throwing it back to the 70′s & 80′s than this.
Hmm. Not sure. Something is off. It is too Windows-related.
I mean, I understand Windows 8 is your main thing right now but still.
This is just the MS logo, Xbox will still have its own logo that is different from it’s main logo (which is pretty much MS’s logo as a software company)
Not talking about Xbox. I’m talking about a company logo that is very closely related to one of it’s products, which in my mind ties it very close to it. But they don’t just do Windows.
shut the f up noob
Terrible. Thank goodness I don’t by my products based upon their logo. I would love to see what got voted off the island if this is what survived.
Just like the Windows 8 (Metro) interface, they are reducing things down to the lowest common denominator. I’m sorry, but making things simpler looking does not make it better.
Because turning it from waving flags into squares is simplifying it? They explained the decision being about making it look more like window panes.
But it always has clearly been meant to represent window panes, but stylised to add a little creativity to it. It seems odd to go back and make it more primitive now.
I suppose you could argue that is exactly what the new Win8 UI is doing so its somewhat fitting, but just seems an odd thing to do.
OK.. can anyone say Google? The new MS logo without the word Microsoft would never make me think MS, just a new version of a Google logo.
Metro to the Max!
LOL That’s different? If you’d have shown it to me and asked, I’d have said that was the same MS logo. Good ecognition, I guess, but not much of a refresh.
huh, ok. Who spent 5 minutes in ms powerpoint designing this?
I do like more the old logo.
How much did some graphic design student get paid for this?
Not really a fan of the Segoe font being used in the typeface of the logo. I prefered the more stylistic, classic logo with italics and the little cut-out of the “O.”
So Microsoft are only marketing their products at squares?
It may have been time for a refresh, but not to THAT. That looks like a “beta” version of what should be released as final. The logo it replaced was still more interesting than this.
Not very exciting. First dos then windows time for new name.
Tired of the little squares on xbox and windows phone. The squares trying to be windows.
Looks retro 80′s.
From the one video i have seen they seem to do a lot with the “boring squares” everyone seems to hate. Logo’s are made to be easily recognizable and relate able. With windows 8, and the new roll out of all MS products, keeping it simple is obviously the theme, and this logo works with it perfectly. The internet is so cynical, It’s not about the logo, its what they do with it. Everyone seems to want to hate on the most minute things, for no apparent reason. It seems like no one’s mother except mine, said things like “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.”
Logos by MS Paint
Worst corporate logo ever, where’s the flare? This one just says, “we’re boring”
As usual, what a nice display of misoneism,
thanks to the community!
This is the new MICROSOFT logo,
not a new WINDOWS logo!
Personally I like it because it matches the new theme and sleek modern designs of today. Simplicity is often the best! Can’t forget the rules of KISS!
I loved the reference to X360 buttons
The future is more boxes!!!!!!!
Thanks I’m the designer.
I like the new logo