Total change of style with the addition of Metro in Windows 8.
Metro, the tile-like interface that Microsoft is incorporating with most of its different platforms, has emerged as one of the biggest news of Windows 8. When Microsoft last week announced the new logo for Windows 8, no surprise that this style is aligned with Metro.
In parallel, Microsoft seems to return to their roots. In the company blog, developer Sam Moreau writes that the logo, originally a window, over time adopted a wavy style, to give the illusion of movement. This did, however, stop the logo to look like a window, rather resembling a flag.
This style has remained in the various buttons of the windows – or flags – Windows, until now.
The Windows logo 8 clearly shows a window and the logo seems to be simpler than the current one that the operating system has so far. The color is uniform with no effect of light or depth.
According to Moreau, the intentions of Microsoft Windows 8 have been to give the logo a more modern and classic style,reflecting the Swiss design philosophy that has characterized Metro Graphics. They also wanted movement int he design without emulating materials such as glass, wood or plastic. Also they wanted to achieve a simple logo, but reflect safety.
Each user will then decide on whether Microsoft has succeeded with its strategy.
Windows 8 logo was created by Paula Scher of the Pentagram design firm. His work is explained in this page.
Illustration: The various logos that Windows has used since the first version (top left).