For some reason I find this story funny. As everyone probably knows by now, yesterday it was announced that Microsoft started using a new logo, for the first time in 25 years. It is news on many many sites. Here is the logo as displayed on The Official Microsoft Blog
where they have a synopsis explaining this 'new
' logo (but leaving out an important detail) ...
Everything is all peachy, and then a funny thing happened (and props go to NeoWin for running this story down) causing a bit more egg on Microsoft's face for yet another 'fib' or 'lie' or 'oversight" (you decide) similar to the Metro
was a 'codename' controversy. Here is how it went down. First the news gets posted at NeoWin that Microsoft changed it's logo ...Microsoft updates its logo for the first time in 25 years ( NeoWin 2012-08-23 )
Some of the true believers of course are excited and breathless at this 'needed' change, with comments like: "Looks good, simple and fresh. Good job, MS!"
and "I love it!"
and "love the new logo i feel its like its a heart with four major sections that beat life into our lives <3"
and "I like the new logo, Simple and elegant."
, etc. Until one commenter recognizes it from the Windows 95 era. NeoBond (the site founder) to his great credit locates the pertinent info and starts another thread four hours later detailing this graphic recycling and breaking the bad news to the heartbroken fanboys that their modern logo isn't so modern ...Microsoft's logo is not new, it's from 1995 [Update] ( NeoWin 2012-08-23 )
Lots of "oops"
and similar comments in that thread which has taken a decidedly uglier turn with lots of sniping and anger since they inadvertently stepped into it by first praising the bold logo change and then being told it was from Windows 95!
Favorite comment there is: "Hahaha this made my day! All those Windows fanboys acting sour when people said things along the lines "The 90s called, they want their interface/design/graphics/etc. back". Now we finally have proof it's actually the truth! LOL!"
. Earlier in this very thread at MSFN I suggested a Mojave'nix Experiment
coffee tasters Windows 8
testers are given a copy of Ubuntu and ... well you know what could happen. 'Wow!
Trust me, the true believers wouldn't notice if Microsoft re-released Windows 3.1 at this point. As long as it plays Cut The Rope
and does Facebook they'll be fine.
Anyway, here is the YouTube of the Windows 95 commercial (can't say I remember it myself). Please note the monologue, it is very ironic ("It used to be difficult for personal computers to do do more than one thing at a time ..."
So NeoWin asks Microsoft about this controversy and adds their 'answer' ...
"Update: We asked Microsoft for a comment and received this response from a spokesperson: "The new Microsoft logo is an evolution of the Microsoft Store logo, which was inspired by the Windows flag.""
Since the official blog completely fails to mention its origins in Windows 95 from a television commercial it is safe to say they didn't even know
that they were recycling. They were again caught flat-footed. I'm not sure what's going on up there in Redmond. How do you continually make mistakes, big and small like the Metro
'codename' and this, and expect anyone to believe that they are not rudderless and adrift. Perhaps there is a lot more truth than rumor in that Vanity Fair article
Microsoft Windows 8 : ReImagination! ( You caught us, We really meant Recycling. )EDIT:
updated image URL, and again
Edited by CharlotteTheHarlot, 06 May 2013 - 06:12 PM.