Windows Logo

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The earliest Windows logo appeared in 1985. It consisted of the wordmark and a light blue window emblem. There were 4 panes varying in size and shape.

Meaning and history

Windows Logo history

The visual identity of the world’s number one computer operating system has a very rich history. After its launch and creation of its first logo in 1985, there have been more than 15 versions of the Windows insignia designed by today. All of them have one thing in common — the stylized image of a window, which was not always readable, as in some designs it resembles a flag.

1985 — 1990

Windows Logo 1985

The very first logo was developed in 1985 with the debut version of the program. It was a sky-blue and black image, composed of an emblem and a wordmark on its right. The emblem featured a stylized image of the window, formed by four squares of various sizes with white lines, separating them from each other. The “Microsoft Windows” wordmark in black was executed in a thin elegant serif typeface, representing professionalism and authority.

1990 — 1992

Windows Logo 1990

The logo was redesigned with the launch of Windows 3.0. It was a monochrome composition with a very realistic window picture and a wordmark placed under it. The emblem was executed in gradient shades, creating a mysterious feeling.

1992 — 1993

Windows Logo 1992

The “Flag” logo era for Windows began in 1992 and lasted until the 2010s. The first colorful badge was designed in 1992 and boasted a waving flag shape falling into pixels in its left part. The right part of the emblem featured four colorful squares — red, green, blue, and yellow in a thick black outline. The wordmark was still placed in the bottom part of the logo.

1993 — 1994

Windows Logo 1993

In 1993 the wordmark under the iconic flag was changed to Microsoft WindowsNT. It was executed in the same color palette, style, and size as the previous version, so the “NT” lettering was the only change.

1994 — 1995

Windows Logo 1994

All of the elements of the logo were redrawn in 1994. The flag was enlarged, so was the “Windows” part of the lettering, which was now placed under the emblem, written in narrowed and elongated letters. As for the “Microsoft” part of the logotype, it was set vertically in the left from the “Windows”, also in a black serif typeface.

1995 — 1996

Windows Logo 1995

In 1995 the flag was placed diagonally on the left of the nameplate, which was now enlarged. The “Microsoft” part was executed in thin delicate lines and placed above the bold sans-serif “Windows” inscription, which was now the main part of the logo.

1996 — 2000

Windows Logo 1996

For the NT version, the logo was changed again in 1996. The only change here was the replacement of the thin “95” digit with the extra-bold “NT” letters, set in the same stable and strong sans-serif typeface, as the “Windowspart of the inscriptions.

2000 — 2003

Windows Logo 2000

The logo, created for Windows in 2000, was probably the most colorful among all the versions of the software’s emblems. It was still the bold black inscription, but now it was placed under geometric and multicolor graphics, formed by numerous square frames in orange, yellow, and different shades of blue. Inside the bigger square, there was an iconic Windows flag set on a white background.

2000 — 2006

Windows Logo 2000

In 2000 two versions of the program were introduced — Windows 2000 and Windows ME, they both had their emblems redesigned. The signature flag was placed in a square frame, and in the 2000 version, the frame was blue with red, accompanied by yellow, red, and blue squares, while the ME edition featured green as the main color.

2001 — 2014

Windows Logo 2001

The visual identity was redesigned again in 2001. The black frame was removed from the flag, so now the emblem was only composed of four waving squares, which changed their colors to lighter ones. As for the wordmark, it was also refined and now featured a thinner and more elegant sans-serif typeface.

2006 — 2017

Windows Logo 2006

In 2006, with the release of Windows Vista, the emblem got flatter and more modern design. It was still executed in gradient colors, but the texture of the squares was in 2D. The word “Microsoft” is removed from the logo, which makes it look more minimalist and professional.

2009 — 2020

Windows Logo 2009

With the launch of Windows 7 in 2009, the logo was slightly changed again — the emblem is now enlarged and the colors of the squares are more intense.

2012 — 2016

Windows Logo 2012

The new era of the visual identity design starts for Windows in 2012. Now the company uses only blue color for its logo. The wave shape is gone, the emblem is strict and geometric. It is still composed of four squares, but now the window symbol is placed in half-turn.

2013 — Today

Windows Logo 2013

The emblem, created for Windows 8.1 is flat and modest, enough professionally executed, and evokes a sense of confidence and modernity. It is a solid square, composed of four smaller blue ones, separated with thin white lines. The emblem, placed in ¾ is set on the left from a neat sans-serif logotype in the title case.

2015 — Today

Windows Logo 2015

In 2015 the sky-blue of the logo is replaced by a calmer and darker tone, which looks more professional and evokes a sense of reliability and protection. The wordmark was also refined and became thinner and cleaner.

2020 — Today

Windows logo

The latest version of the logo was created for Windows 10X in 2020. The wordmark still uses the shade of blue from the previous version, but the emblem is now drawn in gradient tones, looking brighter and fresher.

The simple yet strong inscription is written in a traditional sans-serif typeface, which is Myriad Pro. It balanced the bold and bright emblem, adding a sense of expertise and security.

Symbol

Symbol Windows

It was only in 2001 that the logo saw a more impactful update, which was connected with the release of XP. The black outline was gone, the overall look of the logotype became clearer. Also, certain graphic tools were applied, due to which the logo acquired a 3D look.

Getting ready for the release of the Vista operating system, the designers updated the emblem once again. The “flag” was placed inside a circle shape with dark blue filler. Also, one more new visual tool was applied to the symbol, adding dimension. The shade of blue was slightly modified.

The release of Windows 7 coincided with the introduction of an updated symbol. This time, the circle shape was removed leaving a logotype cleaner and fresher. Actually, it looked exactly as the 2001 version, except for a couple of graphic effects and a subtle shift in colors.

The 2012 emblem

emblem Windows

Probably the most noticeable change to the Windows logo in this century coincided with the release of the Windows 8 operating system. The four-color emblem was replaced by a simple light blue one created by Wolff Olins. The aim was to make the icon closer to the new Metro design language. One of the distinctive features of this design language was that it focused on one color.

The new color scheme was not the only change. The 2012 logo featured a realistic window design instead of the usual emblem resembling a flag.

Windows 10 logo

Windows 10 logo

In comparison with the previous version, the Windows 10 logo features a darker shade of blue. Also, letters are somewhat thinner. The beta version of the operating system was released in 2014, while the final version appeared at the market in 2015.

Font

Font Windows Logo

Starting with Windows 8, the wordmarks used by the company were based on the Segoe font. The type has been slightly modified.

Color

Color Windows Logo

The current version of the Windows logo sports only one color, dark blue. This is one of the requirements of the New Metro design language.

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