The orange icon…

We are currently working on the icon for feeds and have some designs to share.  It’s orange.  It’s rectangular.  Check it out on the RSS blog.

- Jane

Comments (38)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Number 4 is a Firefox Live Bookmark clone, haha. You’re going to need an original idea if IE 7 is gonna look "unique".

    Good luck! 😀

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yeah! Firefox Live Bookmark clone!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I sincerely hope that NOT why Microsoft is resuming talks (

    Learn from those old "monopoly" trials. That sound is the laughing and jeering from people who see that you had the very NOTION of taking another group’s IP (or even just taking another group).

    The icons only slightly differ from the Firefox icon. That’s easy to see.

  4. Anonymous says:


    1- A picture of a very simple EYE meaning "Watch"…

    2- Instead of Orange – perhaps BLUE – meaning "Globe"…

  5. Anonymous says:

    Yes, they look very similar to the Firefox icon. That is a *good* thing. Common conventions aid usability.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Yes! I think be nice to find the origin icon, not to clone FF

  7. Anonymous says:

    Who cares if they copy the design of Firefox’s icon? It’s not like the design of "radio waves" is unique to Firefox.

    It’s like complaining that most operating systems have an X button.

    (Note: I’m an avid Firefox user, so I’m no MS fanboy…)

  8. Anonymous says:

    I prefer # 3.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I would go with the orange background and the icon of a newspaper or magazine. Broadcast icons don’t really convey what RSS et al really is. At the moment it is predominantly a text based format and closer in spirit to the idea of a newspaper / magazine of me.

    Then as the enclosure tag gets used more you could change the icon to say a speaker to indicate audio / podcast content, a framed picture to indicate graphic content, a TV to indicate video content.

    Mix the old with the new. People already know what a newspaper / magazine is and, for me, that represents more of what subscription feed content is, at the moment.

  10. Anonymous says:

    When I requested additional updates from the IE team in the previous blog, this wasn’t quite what I was expecting.

    Sorry guys, it’s just I guess I was looking for a more technically focused blog, one that would announce, or even just further discuss additional new features and the likes (you know, the kinda stuff you’ve been posting up till now).

    But hey, anything that keeps the disscusion going has to be a good thing I guess.

    By the my personal fav. is #2, looks quite cool.

    Keep up all the good work with IE 7, as it is much appreciated!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Personally I think #2 is best, however, from a scalability point of view suggest #5.

    Hi, I think it’s great that the IE Team shares every possible aspect of development, incl. discussions around icons.

    For the rest, I’m really keen on 12th October

  12. Anonymous says:

    I like #3. I wouldn’t use a star in the middle instead of a circle, but I don’t like the way #4 goes to the edge of the rectangle, and only projects in one direction.

  13. Anonymous says:

    You make a good point Cristian, it is certainly nice to see the IE team making such an effort to share information on all the different elements of IE 7 and stimulate disscusion with the intention of getting feedback.

    Believe me, I wish more groups were this forthcoming and willing to accept feedback so readily.

    I guess my last comment was a little of hand (should really think more before typing, lol), so I apologise.

    Anyways, I guess my point is just keep on blogging IE team, I’ll gladly be looking forward to anything and everything you have to write!

  14. Anonymous says:


    What about all the other hideous 1995 icons that plague IE currently? Something needs to be done about them, either use decent icons or no icons at all.

    Use icons conservatively.

  15. Anonymous says:

    If this post was to illicit feedback then please take these responses as a wake up call to try and innovate within the bounds of IE, even if it starts with original icon designs. Those icons look like 2nd rate knock offs. Is that what MS wants the headlines to read when IE7 is finally released? I thought you guys were smarter than that.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I would like to see a generic icon that was attached to all RSS feeds, in all browsers, on all websites, therfor creating an easier way of determining if an RSS feed exsists.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Hey, could you define your ‘2nd rate knock off’ comment, please? I mean some people have stated above that #4 looks like an icon out of Firefox, but are you saying that the IE team have lifted the other icons from diffenent place as well and if so from where?

    If this is not what you meant, then maybe you should think about amending your comment slightly?

    P.S. Just so we’re clear on this, I am not questioning your opinions on the subject, even if I don’t nessicarilly agree with them (again that’s just my own opinion there), I just want to gain a greater understanding into what you meant.

    Thanks for any response.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Do you know if IE7 will have the feature to avoid the parsing of the page when you click the back arrow?

  19. Anonymous says:

    I find it amusing that no matter what Microsoft does there are always those that will flame them simply because they are Microsoft. I mean come on it’s an icon for Pete sake. If you want to start the flaming why not flame KDE or Gnome for using a trashcan icon. That’s just a ripoff of Apple’s OS. And Flame Red Hat while your at it for including those desktop evironment in their system. No, we couldn’t do that. They’re the mighty open source gods. They don’t do anything wrong. An icon is just that … AN ICON. By definition they are supposed to look similar. If you want someone to understand what the icon represwents it better bear some similarity to the object in question. And if an icon has already been established regarding said object then it would make sense to create and icon that looks like the already established icon. You guys get all over them for not conforming to standards, but when they use and icon style that is starting to become a STANDARD, you flame them for it. Double standards … but then again I guess that is what this world revolves around.

    BTW, I like #3. It still has the waves so it get’s the point across, but it is different enough to be new.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Fred, if you’re referring to me, I wasn’t actually flaming, I was simply looking for greater clarification on a comment that was posted by someone completely different.

    I specifically said this in my post, along with the fact that I didn’t agree with the comments posted up by Hey.

    If you weren’t talking to me (I’m still not totally clear on that, as your post doesn’t specify who you are talking about), then just ignore this post.


  21. Anonymous says:

    It’s orange. It’s rectangular. It says: RSS

    That’s what is usually on web pages. However, the Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 is square and in the URL box and to the right. It’s orange with white left bottom DOT and two curves expanding upwards to the right.

    It would be good if there was an agreed industry standard. That way users would not have to figure out this RSS – Web Feeds thing with different icons everywhere.

    But not knowing what the final IE 7 in Vista AND for XP will look like, or the icon patten, it’s hard to pick.

    All the icons don’t look too spectacular if they are for Vista.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Hahahaha, Firefox (orange + icon) meets safari (rectangular with rounded edges)

    Can’t you be original for once and just do something that hasn’t been done before!

    Maybe you could do something that is round? None has that!

    Don’t be afraid to do something that others don’t have!! (This is purely feature and interface based. Don’t tamper with web-standards)

    But if your going with one of those I would chose 3 or 4 (not 5 it looks to much like iTunes Podcast icon)

  23. Anonymous says:

    When a programmer works on an icon is because its got no coding to do (not that icons are not important). Is this the case? when will IE7 be released?

  24. Anonymous says:

    As Graham Varney said, an industry-standard would be perfect. Yes, it looks very similar to the Firefox one (actually, number 3 is an even closer fit of Konqueror’s RSS icon), but then – do you really want a completely different icon set for each different browser?

    The desktops have it right when they use, for example, a trash can to symbolise the temporary deletion area (the recycle bin). It does not make sense to re-invent the wheel ever time someone needs to emulate already-existing behaviour.

    Personally, I’d like to see a little bit of animation in the icon – maybe actually radiate the radio waves.

    Firefox has the perfect position for the icon – the right-side of the address bar is very visible. Konqueror has it on the bottom-right of the screen, which is okay. IE7’s icon is in the middle of a bunch of other icons – the exact /wrong/ place for it to stand out.

  25. Anonymous says:

    I like #3 best, and #5 second best.

  26. Bruce Morgan [MSFT] says:

    Deng, no developers were harmed in the making of these icons. Designers and the like make them, various people debate and discuss them, and when the dust settles developers add them to the product.

    All we ask is that we don’t change the icons several times in the product cycle. Once or twice is enough.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Hi — I was not referring to you. I was referring to the first few posts in this thread. The ones saying that the icons are a rip off of Firefox. Completley ignoring the fact that Firefox is a rip off of Opera.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Davin, that’s cool, I’m just glad it’s all sorted out now. About all the Firefox comments, I’m almost certain that there are people out there who must think ‘right, I know what I’ll do, even though there has already been three or four comments on this, I’ll go post my own. After all, people are always more likely to read the 5th than the first lot… *Okay, here we go, replace this word with this, swap these two around….. there, perfect*’, lol.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Firefox isn’t a rip of Opera… Why did they remove their crappy ads in the first place? Oh yeah, that’s right… It’s because NO ONE used it!

    Firefox is based on Netscape when they released their source code in 1998 after Microsoft illegally integrated IE into the operating system to kill it. They got busted for it too, and now it’s coming to bite them 7 years later.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Look, to the poster above, without getting into of the nitty gritty of who copied who here, all I’m going to say is that do you seriously think that this is the only industry it happens in?

    As Granpa Simpson pointed out, everythings stolen nowadays (there was also something about a wafle-iron and a telephone, but I can’t remember the exact quote).

  31. Anonymous says:

    yes the firefox home icon looks exactly like the IE home icon but geez we didn’t steal it because we are open source and we are not evil people.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Firefox’s house is 3-dimensional and sticks out to the right.

    I just looked at IE’s and its slightly 3-D but sticks right out at you, no angle.

    Oh wait, they’re both a house. In that case IE copied Netscape 4, who probably copied Mosaic. Evil people.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Agree about #3.

  34. Anonymous says:

    #3 is the best!

  35. Anonymous says:

    Hi — I was not referring to you. I was referring to the first few posts in this thread. The ones saying that the icons are a rip off of Firefox. Completley ignoring the fact that Firefox is a rip off of Opera

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