Microsoft's Windows 8 logo: Metro but not in a good way

Summary:The Windows 8 logo gives me a window, but I want to jump out of it.

Microsoft has a new logo for Windows 8 and I'm already missing the old ones. Maybe a world full of tiles can get tiresome.

The software giant has gone Metro happy. The new logo, unveiled in a Microsoft blog post, is designed to capture "bold flat colors and clean lines and shapes." That's mumbo jumbo for "hey we paid a design firm a bundle to cook up this logo that you may not like."

OK, I get that the logo should match the Windows 8 Metro format. Microsoft is tile happy. I also get that the previous Windows logos looked more like flags than Windows. Unfortunately for me the Windows 8 logo gives me a window, but I want to jump out of it.

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It. Is. Just. Too. Much. Metro. Design. For. Me. To. Handle.

The problem here is that I can't think of Microsoft's Metro theme without putting a "sexual" behind it. Metrosexuals are supposed to really care about their looks and hygiene. The Windows 8 logo looks forced and the equivalent of a pink shirt you might find your friendly neighborhood metrosexual wearing. Or as forced as a Ryan Seacrest-Steve Ballmer hug.

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Topics: Enterprise Software, Microsoft, Windows


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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