Weekend Poll: Which Windows logo is your favorite?

Pretty big news struck on Friday when Microsoft announced officially that Windows 8 would ditch the much loved Windows “flag” in favour of a truer-to-the-name “window” logo that reflects not only the product name but Microsofts’ Metro style. Microsoft say the new logo is supposed to be “both modern and classic” without emulating a “faux-industrial design.”

You’ve seen the new Windows logo for Windows 8, and most of you will remember the old logos, so we put it to everyone out there in this weekend’s poll: which of the Windows logos is your favourite? Are you an instant convert and really like the new window-style logo, or do you prefer the classic flag design from the 90s?

In case you have forgotten what each of the logos looks like we have attached them all below.

Windows 8-style

This is the new logo that will make its way into Windows 8

Windows Flag (newer)

This style Windows flag was used for Windows XP up to and including Windows 7. Below is the version used for Windows 7.

Windows Flag (older)

This is the older-style flag that was used for Windows 3.0 up to and including Windows ME.

Original Windows logo

This is the original Windows logo, used for releases before Windows 3.0.

Place your vote in the poll below, which as always are anonymous, and leave your other comments in the comments section.

Also, check out the poll in our forums that asks you whether you specifically like the new Windows 8 logo or not. Currently it looks like around 2/3 of our forum members that voted do not like the new look.

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Which Windows logo is your favorite?

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There's something amateurish about the Win8 flag. It looks like barely any effort went to making it. I would've rather seen a simplified version of the Win7 flag. Yes, even though the new one is actually a window, the stylised flag windows are iconic already. Now it's just any window.

Ronald Wang EIGHTS said,

This is MUCH better than the new one.

Every logo other people make is much better than the current one. We know it already. /s

Definitely the Windows 7 logo and flag for me. I just think it looks more "computery" to me, with the colours used being RGB-Y (In that order, probably a coincidence).

The light XP/Vista/7 also works well for me as a product edition of the Windows family.

The Windows 8 one is just lame. I like the Windows Flag, that's been their logo for as long as I've been into computers (3.0), and it's firmly entrenched in the public conscience that that's what the icon represents. Why change it, it's beautiful as it is now in Windows 7.

At the very least, they have to "lighten" up the 8. Most of their products do that for the version name (Or year as it is with most products). Windows, Office, Visual Studio, SQL Server, Forefront, etc.

Curious though, how do you verify that your printer can print colour if the Windows logo is just a monotone shape? At least with the Windows flag, you could see in the test print that it could print the primary screen colours of Red, Green and Blue, and a printer's native Yellow, when it included the Windows flag on the test page. Are they going to put some other colour sample in the test page?

new logo isn't that bad, but they should retain colors. each tile should have old colors - red, green, yellow and blue.

Yes, I also actually like that far better than the official logo. So much so that I am going to try and hack the resource files or whatever in Windows 8 once it is out to match that!

looks like Windows 8 is turning to Windows ME in the unoriginal dept. zzzzz boring... that'll confuse people on the colors too. rather easy to put the 4 color logo in the anti copy holograph disks. blue?? might look like a counterfeit

I think I like the logos in this order...

1) Windows XP/Vista/7 "flag"
2) Windows 8 "window" (a toss-up between this and the original Windows logo)
3) Original Windows logo
4) Windows 3.x "flag"

The poll kind of proves the point that the more recent logos had morphed to look like flags, when in fact the logo was supposed to resemble a window. The new logo resets that and now looks like a window again, at the same time also looking like the tiles in the new OS.

Whilst Vista as an OS had its many flaws... I do think it had the best Windows logo of any Windows incarnation yet... and I really don't like this new logo for Windows 8

I much prefer the new Windows 8 logo over any of those, and I haven't ever liked how the flag had the four different colours, so unlike many commenters here, I'm very happy the logo is all one colour and that it will change colour depending on how the user personalises the operating system.

I like the original one, but the Win7 one takes the cake. Win 8 logo is boring and feels like they're trying to fix something which isn't broken... just like the Metro UI implementation (for desktop users).

I don't really care about a damn logo. I would care about how the OS will work. Who gives a damn how it looks... besides weirdos? I like the Classic theme the most, in fact I hate skins - useless waste of memory and pixels.

Saex_Conroy said,
I don't really care about a damn logo. I would care about how the OS will work. Who gives a damn how it looks... besides weirdos? I like the Classic theme the most, in fact I hate skins - useless waste of memory and pixels.

Classic theme is dull, flat, lifeless and boring. Aero is much nicer. And waste of memory.... really? You're one of those who counts every kb in use aren't you.

TCLN Ryster said,

Classic theme is dull, flat, lifeless and boring. Aero is much nicer. And waste of memory.... really? You're one of those who counts every kb in use aren't you.

Aero uses your graphics card so it should actually redraw faster than the classic theme.

People who are stuck in the past assume just because something is prettier it must be slower.

brianshapiro said,

Aero uses your graphics card so it should actually redraw faster than the classic theme.

People who are stuck in the past assume just because something is prettier it must be slower.


It's true. Whenever someone claims Aero slows down the CPU or wastes RAM, it betrays their ignorance of how computers work.

Joshie said,

It's true. Whenever someone claims Aero slows down the CPU or wastes RAM, it betrays their ignorance of how computers work.
It will if they can using old graphics card. But if they happens, they should have upgrade their pc before changing to Windows Vista/7.

Saex_Conroy said,
I don't really care about a damn logo. I would care about how the OS will work. Who gives a damn how it looks... besides weirdos? I like the Classic theme the most, in fact I hate skins - useless waste of memory and pixels.

We care because we spend a lot of time in it...?

In terms of which one is my favorite, it will be the older windows flag, just because of nostalgia. But I think the Windows 8 one it's more up to the times and to the metro interface which is the main feature now

xpclient said,
I like the XP logo which is different from the Windows 7 logo but that isn't an option?

The Vista logo is also different from the 7 Logo (being inside an rob n'all), but that's not presented here.

I too think that Microsoft should use the traditional Windows colors on the new logo whenever they use it with a pure black or pure white background, otherwise it simply looks too spiritless.

drazgoosh said,
My icon is the way the logo should be.

Part of me agrees. However the new logo is designed to be of variable colour and variable backgrounds. Your version would look odd against different coloured backgrounds.

drazgoosh said,
My icon is the way the logo should be.

It looks like all you did was take the new logo and put color in the panes...

xendrome said,
It looks like all you did was take the new logo and put color in the panes...
All he did was take my avatar. But yes, that's all I did. .

I still use Windows for Workgroups. Old flag is my favorite, but the Windows 8 style makes sense for what they're doing.

I like the current Windows 8 flag (one in the dev preview) better than all of those, but out of those options the Vista/7 flag.