Windows Logo

Windows Logo

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

Windows Logo history

In 1990, with the release of Windows 3.0, the logo was enriched with red, green, and yellow colors. The logo started to look more dynamic, and actually it looked more like a flag than a window. Starting with this version, the Windows emblems were based on the same four colors. In some cases, a black outline was used.

The following two versions, which appeared in 1992 and 1995 respectively, played with the shades and the position of the emblem, yet on the whole it remained almost unchanged.

Symbol Windows

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 Windows

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 of the Windows Logo

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 of the Windows Logo

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.