Windows Logo PNG
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 “Windows ” part of the inscriptions.
2000 – 2003
The logo, created fo r Windows in 2000, was probabl y the most colorful a mong 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Starting with Windows 8, the wordmarks used by the company were based on the Segoe font. The type has been slightly modified.
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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Microsoft overhauled their logo again to fit in with the new Metro design language on Windows 8, which removes the green, yellow, and red colors to become all blue and a slightly modified Segoe font. This logo was unveiled on Windows 8 Consumer Preview released February 2012. Notable changes is that they Ditched the 3D, Aero And Flag Design And replaced it with a Window And a Flat Design, with perspective, design by Pentagram. Windows 8 was released on October 26, 2012.
Windows 8’s most notable new features are New Metro design, Touchscreen for the new tablet called «Surface», new full Start Menu (Start Screen), Apps, and instead of using the 3D task switcher, it used 2D at the right side of the screen. The original version is known to be the very shortest support version, but counting Windows 8.1 instead of this, Windows 95 and ME had the shortest support versions, due to their negative feedback and lack of usage because of some users staying on the previous version or upgrading as soon as the next version of Windows appeared.
Support ended on January 12, 2016. To regain support, users are recommended to upgrade to Windows 8.1 (which can be done in this version without install disc).
After a year, Microsoft released Windows 8.1 in October 2013. This logo has an additional «.1» at the end and is also slightly less bold, giving a smoother feel. This logo was not officially used by Microsoft neither in advertising (where the default Windows logo was used) nor in the OS (where the Windows 8 logo was used), but it was used in some conferences.
Windows 8.1 was an update for Windows 8 with some improvements, Start button was reintroduced and some enhances to the Start Screen. Windows 8 and 8.1 were not commonly seen being used among Windows users, mainly due to the removed Start menu.
Mainstream support ended on January 9, 2018, and extended support will end on January 10, 2023.
Microsoft officially unveiled the first beta version of Windows 10 on September 30, 2014. The text on the wordmark of the logo was unbolded and the logo itself was made a darker shade of blue. The last version of the operating system was released worldwide on July 29, 2015. Since then, Windows 10 releases new features update twice per year (except in 2016).
Windows 10’s new features are the ability to run Microsoft Store apps on the desktop, return of Start menu although Start screen mode option still remains, new versions of Microsoft Store-based apps, multiple desktops, a voice assistant: Cortana, and a new internet browser: Microsoft Edge. New updates for Windows 10 include Game Mode, Paint 3D and a new interface: Fluent Design which replacing Metro.
This might be the final version of Windows, because Microsoft says it is becoming ‘a service’.
For 2015 LTSB, Mainstream support ended on October 13, 2020, and extended support will end on October 14, 2025.
For 2016 LTSB, Mainstream support will end on October 12, 2021, and extended support will end on October 13, 2026.
For 2019 LTSC, Mainstream support will end on January 9, 2024, and extended support will end on January 9, 2029.
This logo is more rounded off, and has multiple colors, to fit with the new design. Microsoft is making a new version of Windows, aimed at dual-screen tablets. The development started around 2020. This version can run on laptops. As of now, the OS is still not released. But you can run the OS with the Microsoft Device Emulator Software. This version of Windows could run on ARM (Tablet) — based devices. You cannot install the OS onto regular PC’s. It either comes pre-installed, or you’ll need to flash it with NTFS-Pools. It also has a new start menu, taskbar, UI, and system. This OS will not replace Windows 10. This is another OS made for other devices.➤