Windows 8 logo in motion and other perspectives [Video]

The reaction to the new Windows 8 logo has been a mixed bag. As with the revamp of any classic logo, some will love the new look and others will resist change. The new logo and a few of the reasons behind the design have been posted up on vimeo (via Ed Bott) that give a different perspective on the new look. 

While the videos may not win over the crowds yet, the transition video could show how Microsoft may advertise Windows 8, or at least end the commercials with this type of a transition. 

After seeing the videos, does this change your perspective on the new logo? We don't expect the videos to be propaganda for the new logo but it does show what the designers were thinking when they crafted the Windows 8 design. 

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Why don't Microsoft have a competition, get the public involved in the design of the logo for Windows 8. Narrow it down to 3 and then the overall winner will have their logo on the box set, literature, DVD including the main logo for the operating system.

I am a PC, and I designed the Windows 8 logo...?

What do you think?

i've i had to choose i wouldn't choose any of them
The first is okay en looks nice!
the others are just crap.

I personally like the windows icon they made in their "Be Whats Next" ad.

at first people will resist the change after that they will accept it then they will love it
im glad Microsoft going with metro style because its modern and different way to see things people were complaining that they don't see big differences between different versions of windows and once they made a big change some didn't like the idea of change i think windows 8 will dominate Tablet world and a lot of people will start moving to tablet

on the desktop side if you think you can't use it for some reason look at every Operating system in the market everyone preparing their operating system to be touch friendly you just can't accept the idea that Microsoft will just keep watching everyone without doing anything they are not forcing you with full metro operating system they are offering you a chance to have both metro and desktop in one OS so i suggest you wait for consumer review release date and download it give it a fair amount of time i think you will accept it and eventually love it

sorry for my bad english

jasonon said,
eww this is gross! its not even that metro-ish. they should have taken the wp7 logo

How is 4 live tiles not metro-ish?

You metro haters are so stuck in the past. MacOS Snow Dragon or whatever it is called just looks like the same boring grid of icons we should've moved away from years ago. I feel the Live tiles in the start screen are like neatly organised widgets that display more information that an icon can and therefore the metro start screen is a major improvement over the standard desktop.

So, you get a better home screen, there is no valid argument against that.. you can still run 'desktop' apps.. THESE METRO HATERS ARE JUST NARROW MINDED, DOUBLE DIGIT IQ< FUDDY DUDDY's

My 3.14 cents

DarkyDan said,
You metro haters are so stuck in the past. MacOS Snow Dragon or whatever it is called just looks like the same boring grid of icons we should've moved away from years ago. I feel the Live tiles in the start screen are like neatly organised widgets that display more information that an icon can and therefore the metro start screen is a major improvement over the standard desktop.

So, you get a better home screen, there is no valid argument against that.. you can still run 'desktop' apps.. THESE METRO HATERS ARE JUST NARROW MINDED, DOUBLE DIGIT IQ< FUDDY DUDDY's

My 3.14 cents


Nice rage... not...
Fyi, tormenting others because they don't agree with you makes you look immature and ignorant.

Metro is probably going to **** off every non-power user (which is about 90% of everybody) that buys a new PC and has this thrown in their face. A lot of people after using Windows for 20 years still can only, just barely, check email and navigate the classic UI. Throwing that all out of the door is not going to cut it.

I personally don't care because by the time RTM comes around, somebody will have already written a script to disable Metro. But I'm not the majority who know how to modify everything as needed.

So if people don't like a logo they can predict how well the OS will work.

That is brilliant logic. I am looking forward to seeing the new Corvette logo, so I will know how fast the car is and how well it corners.

Intentionally ignoring information is the definition of Ignorance.

first video looks like some sort of advet for a religous channel or something heavanly, its terrible. More though needs to be put into it, give it some edge and find an alternative designer.

The logo's current iteration is less Windows, without the colours and the flag motif i cant wait for hacks and tweaks to come out and enable us to change it

I think people are making too big a deal out of a logo. Its not bad, just different like Windows 8 is.

I will also take a Windows PC over any Apple computer.

I took a look at the features of Mac OS Mountain Lion and to be honest I thought it was a bunch of minor upgrades with the exception of The Gatekeeper I am not impressed.

Windows 8 on the other hand has an Interface that isn't just ios icons but actual titles that can provide meaningful real-time output and they can be arranged in any way that I want and a new quick install and uninstall that is very easy and painless and easy on people that don't know how to use computers. This to me is a major win.

The fact that you can use HTML5/CSS/SVG/Javascript without having to load a browser while also adding in C++, C#, Visual Basic and other languages in the future to build apps like this that work all the way from a desktop, laptop, tablet, and phone is amazing, from x86 and x64 to ARM is awesome.

I think it's Microsoft's to lose here because they could dominate ios/macos easily.

What i think is that microsoft is delivering a major kick to the groin with windows 8... to itself.
First the metro style on pc, then the removal of the start menu and then this to top it all. Makes me wonder if the one making this changes is actually a double agent for apple.

Makmende said,
What i think is that microsoft is delivering a major kick to the groin with windows 8... to itself.
First the metro style on pc, then the removal of the start menu and then this to top it all. Makes me wonder if the one making this changes is actually a double agent for apple.

The start menu has never been functional and is horrible and outdated. When I would uninstall programs it would still keep the old stuff in there because the uninstaller was broken so it really broke the start menu anyway. With pinning to the task bar and desktop icons who really used the start menu anyway except for searching and getting to control panel or network settings.

Yogurtmaster said,

When I would uninstall programs it would still keep the old stuff in there because the uninstaller was broken so it really broke the start menu anyway.
With that argument you can claim that about anything on your PC is broken…

One thing I can definitely say for the first time: Windows 8 will be the first version that I may consider whether or not to actually use because of its ugliness. Otherwise, there's no question of not upgrading eventually. Windows IS IT. It's the best software OS and every version brings massive improvements and is generally worth upgrading, although there are some regressions in Vista/7 which get ironed out as the ecosystem catches up and offers third party replacements for these regressions. But there is no cure for ugliness. Maybe there will be a project like XPize, Vistize, Sevenize which de-Metroes everything. Or maybe MS is intelligent enough to bundle one ultimate Metro switch off group policy which returns the normal user experience.

wolftail said,
The Microsoft store logo is way better than this.

I was thing the same. That could be their Windows Logo with single color like this one.

I don't like the whole Metro design in general. My prediction is that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will both be spectacular failures. Apple must be laughing all the way to the bank right around now. I never thought I'd see the day when Microsoft would be so completely and utterly dominated by Apple.

sabrex said,
I don't like the whole Metro design in general. My prediction is that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will both be spectacular failures. Apple must be laughing all the way to the bank right around now. I never thought I'd see the day when Microsoft would be so completely and utterly dominated by Apple.

So anything with Metro?

WP7 isn't a failure yet, and Xbox has Metro... So yeah.

sabrex said,
I don't like the whole Metro design in general. My prediction is that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will both be spectacular failures. Apple must be laughing all the way to the bank right around now. I never thought I'd see the day when Microsoft would be so completely and utterly dominated by Apple.

Fig 1 : Anybody can predict crap.

sabrex said,
I don't like the whole Metro design in general. My prediction is that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will both be spectacular failures. Apple must be laughing all the way to the bank right around now. I never thought I'd see the day when Microsoft would be so completely and utterly dominated by Apple.

Have you not seen Mountain Lion? Everyone's laughing at that crap. Those giant clunky iOS icons? No thanks. Metro is beautiful. Actually use it before you judge it. Metro is beauty in motion (hence the name 'metro')... and doesnt resemble the screencaps.

Personally, as someone who has never owned a Mac, and only just bought Apple hardware (an iPhone) for the first time, I'd have to say I find the OS X visuals far more attractive than what I've seen of Metro so far.
I've been consistently loyal to Windows for all of my computing life. Windows 7 is by far the best version of that product that I've ever seen. At the moment, OS X is looking to me more like the next logical step from that interface than Microsoft's own replacement.
At the end of the day some people will prefer Metro (I may get pulled over to this view again), some will prefer Apple's interfaces and their look - we will just have to see what happens when they're both on sale.

singularity87 said,
Personally, as someone who has never owned a Mac, and only just bought Apple hardware (an iPhone) for the first time, I'd have to say I find the OS X visuals far more attractive than what I've seen of Metro so far.
I've been consistently loyal to Windows for all of my computing life. Windows 7 is by far the best version of that product that I've ever seen. At the moment, OS X is looking to me more like the next logical step from that interface than Microsoft's own replacement.
At the end of the day some people will prefer Metro (I may get pulled over to this view again), some will prefer Apple's interfaces and their look - we will just have to see what happens when they're both on sale.

When will you people understand that Apple is just a "thing" that is "in" at the moment. Sooner or later they will be forgotten once more and this time I seriously hope MS doesn't do the mistake to bail them out.

sabrex said,
I don't like the whole Metro design in general. My prediction is that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will both be spectacular failures. Apple must be laughing all the way to the bank right around now. I never thought I'd see the day when Microsoft would be so completely and utterly dominated by Apple.

Windows Phone is not a failure.. it has around 3 percent world wide market share in only 18 months.. Apple has like a 10 percent market share in the PC market and they have been doing that for around 30 years.. with your logic the Mac has been the biggest failure of the century..

singularity87 said,
Personally, as someone who has never owned a Mac, and only just bought Apple hardware (an iPhone) for the first time, I'd have to say I find the OS X visuals far more attractive than what I've seen of Metro so far.
I've been consistently loyal to Windows for all of my computing life. Windows 7 is by far the best version of that product that I've ever seen. At the moment, OS X is looking to me more like the next logical step from that interface than Microsoft's own replacement.
At the end of the day some people will prefer Metro (I may get pulled over to this view again), some will prefer Apple's interfaces and their look - we will just have to see what happens when they're both on sale.

Cheapest iphone 4s is 649 unlocked.. cheapest WP7.5 devices are starting to push down to 200 dollars Unlocked.. nice to see that microsoft is getting close though with such cheap hardware.. I wonder how well iOS is running on their old single core phones with 256MB's

Xerax said,

So anything with Metro?

WP7 isn't a failure yet, and Xbox has Metro... So yeah.

By some measures Win Phone 7 is a failure. At what point do you think it will be a failure?

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

When will you people understand that Apple is just a "thing" that is "in" at the moment. Sooner or later they will be forgotten once more and this time I seriously hope MS doesn't do the mistake to bail them out.

Been on PCs my whole life. I have nine very powerful machines running legal copies of 7. I will admit that, at 24, I'm part of that younger, "gotta have it now" generation. But I can say with great certainty that Apple is a breath of fresh air. To this day, program management (installation, program removal, the registry) is comparatively atrocious on Windows. The newer taskbar with thumbnails was a step in the right direction, but app switching remains horrid when I'm running 20+ apps (something I'm sure a lot of us here constantly do for various types of editing and development).

What's more is that the innovations in OS X are constantly making my work life much easier to manage. Hibernation, resume, startup, and shutdown are STILL inconsistent in Windows 7 on ALL of our machines. The OS X are infinitely quicker with these crucial actions and infinitely more reliable.

Like I said, I have many, many PCs and will probably have many more in the future. But to say that OS X is just a fad says nothing about either OS and everything about you lacking the ability to understand that many in the real world are fully satisfied with OS X for professional use. We are thinkers and doers working on both platforms and we are STARVING for critical changes to be made under the hood for Windows.

Xerax said,

So anything with Metro?

WP7 isn't a failure yet, and Xbox has Metro... So yeah.

I don't like anything with Metro in it. From when they renamed the bus service in Belfast from "Citybus" to "Metro", to Metrosexuals, the "Gay-but-not-really-but-probably-actually-is" social group.

McG said,

We are thinkers and doers working on both platforms and we are STARVING for critical changes to be made under the hood for Windows.

What? Urm no, I ain't starving for nothing. C++ coding works, php/html programs work, RDP to my overseas dedicated servers work, video rendering works...What changes are you starving for actually?

sabrex said,
I don't like the whole Metro design in general. My prediction is that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will both be spectacular failures. Apple must be laughing all the way to the bank right around now. I never thought I'd see the day when Microsoft would be so completely and utterly dominated by Apple.

Oh, yeah, because Metro having some legit goals in mind, (not having to learn something new no matter what Microsoft product you're on, utterly revamping Windows for the 1st time since win 95, making the UI much better for tablets, introducing a whole new UI AND application framework etc.) instead of, say, Apple just slapping stuff from iOS like Launchpad, &, G-D, full-screen apps, & app folders (the latter 2 kinda being possible with, like anything before,) will totally make Apple utterly dominate Microsoft.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

What? Urm no, I ain't starving for nothing. C++ coding works, php/html programs work, RDP to my overseas dedicated servers work, video rendering works...What changes are you starving for actually?


Which of these features hasn't worked since XP? It's not at all surprising that with those requirements you don't have issues on 7. That's like saying "iOS is the most stable OS because Angry Birds never glitches."

ShareShiz said,
1st one was good.
2nd and 3rd were OK.. but WTF with giant red at the end

This is a secret neo-nazi message, and I know what it is, because I am a demigod.