Windows 1.0 / 2.0 (1985-1990)Edit

Windows logo and watermark - 1985

This logo was used for the release of Windows 1.0 and 2.x. Interestingly, Microsoft have designed a largely similar logo as this one for the new Windows 8 in 2012.

Windows 3.0 (1990-1992)Edit


The release of Windows 3.0 just had a logo with it's name in a serif font.

Windows 3.1-3.1x (1992-1995)Edit

Windows 3.0 & 3.1x logo

In 1992 along with the release of Windows 3.1, Microsoft issued the original version of the iconic 'flag' logo that would continue in one form or the other until the release of Windows 8 in 2012. This logo was tilted after the release of Windows 95.

Windows 95 (1995-1998)Edit

Windows 95 logo

For the release of Windows 95, Microsoft started using Franklin Gothic for branding, and also altered the flag by tilting it and changing the colours. This branding style would last until the release of Windows XP, in 2001. Windows 95 was best known for the introduction of the famous Start Menu and the Taskbar.

Windows 98 (1998-2002)Edit

Windows 98 logo

Windows 2000 (2000)Edit

Windows 2000

Windows 2000 added blue/orange/cyan colored boxes and put the Windows flag in them. Windows 2000 was unsupported in 2010.

Windows ME (2000-2001)Edit

Windows Millenium Edition Logo

Windows ME changed the boxes to green/blue/orange boxes and deformed the green box into a trapeze and put the Windows flag in it.

Windows XP (2001-2014)Edit

Windows XP Logo

In 2001, Microsoft overhauled Windows again giving it much more of a clean feel. The Windows logo was simplified, removing the black borders and squares flowing behind it. The logo was also given a 'plastic' feel to it. It was created to match Windows XP which had a very clean feel. It used Franklin Gothic Medium for the text. Starting with Windows Vista, Microsoft was drop and is now known as simply Windows. This branding style would last until Windows 8. Windows XP Is still widely used until support ended on April 2014. Microsoft ended support for Windows XP but the embedded version is still supported until 2016.

Windows Vista (2006-present)Edit

Windows Vista logo

Microsoft modified their 2001 logo, getting rid of the plastic feel and changing the font. The font of the logo is Segoe.

Windows 7 (2009-present)Edit

Windows 7 logo

Windows 8 (2012-2016)Edit

Windows 8 Logo

Microsoft overhauled their Windows and its logo to fit in with the New Metro design, which uses one-color designs and a slightly modified Segoe font. This logo was unveiled on Windows 8 Consumer Preview released February 2012. As of October 26, 2012, Windows 8, along with Windows RT, released and uses this logo. Windows 8 was also criticized as being the first Windows software since Windows 95 to not have the Start Menu. This logo is also used on Windows 8.1 because Windows 8.1 is Windows 8. Windows 8 was planned in 2010 and was beta in 2011. Also the logo was straightened and trapazoid like.

Windows 10 (2015-present)Edit

Windows 10 Logo

Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 10 on September 30, 2014. It will be released in late 2015. The text on the wordmark was also thinned.

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