Windows Logos through the years

David Meego - Click for blog homepageWith the upcoming General Availability release of Microsoft Windows 8 on 26th October 2012, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at how the Windows logos have changed through the years.

Back on 20th November 1985, Microsoft released Microsoft Windows 1.0 which had the following logo with the 4 panes of a single colour:



When Windows 3.0 released in May 1990, the familiar red, green, blue and yellow colours were added to the panes of the window:



From that point on, the logos for Windows 95, XP, Vista and 7 have been progressions based on the four colours:

Now we have the new Windows 8 logo, which in some ways goes back to the single colour simplicity of the very first windows logo:



For other fun posts on product logos, have a look at:


Hope you found this interesting. 


PS: I had not seen the original Windows 1.0 logo before I researched this article. Thanks to Minimally Minimal to reminding us.

Comments (5)

  1. ArifMustafa says:

    Interesting Blog about MS Windows logo and implementation through the years and preferred Minimally Minimal is also tremendous,

    thanks for making it shareable.

  2. wendy says:

    time to update this article, there is a new logo. Again.

  3. Hi Wendy

    There is a new logo for Windows 10, but I can’t update the blog after I left Microsoft in Oct 2014.


  4. ANTHONY says:

    why did you skip windows 9?

    1. Anthony

      Because Seven Eight Nine…… (Say it aloud). 🙂


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