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

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.

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

    Protip: Don't visit the bar before coming to work.

    Logo is fine.
    wendellgee2
    • I think Larry is going a bit overboard here

      @wendellgee@...
      talk about taking silliness to teh extreme, he did. Though I'm sure we'll hear how "wonderfull" a plain Apple on a device is.

      Larry, you're scraping the bottom here, anymore.
      William Farrel
      • RE: Microsoft's Windows 8 logo: Metro but not in a good way

        @William Farrel <br>Sir, you're just hating. Anyone knows that the Apple logo alone is worth the $500 mark up on a device. That way, you know said device is infallible and magical.
        Those who hunt Trolls
    • Corrected title: "Microsoft's Windows 8 logo: Metro in a good way"

      @wendellgee@...
      JohnAgain
    • RE: Microsoft's Windows 8 logo: Metro but not in a good way

      @wendellgee@...
      the logo is ugly and lewd! Like all homo loving monopolists in Washington state.
      The Linux Geek
      • RE: Microsoft's Windows 8 logo: Metro but not in a good way

        @The Linux Geek
        You hear that? .....That is the sounds of more Windows PC's being bought.

        And I happen to like Linux a lot...you're just killing people's enthusiasm for it instead of championing it.
        Those who hunt Trolls
      • RE: Microsoft's Windows 8 logo: Metro but not in a good way

        @The Linux Geek

        Luckily the others of us here are rational, So I won't be assuming that all Linux fanbois are sex obsessed, homophobic and just generally nasty.
        tonymcs@...
      • RE: Microsoft's Windows 8 logo: Metro but not in a good way

        @The Linux Geek Way to spew the venom and hate there, buddy. YEAH!

        /sarcasm.
        Champ_Kind
    • RE: Microsoft's Windows 8 logo: Metro but not in a good way

      @wendellgee@...

      Are you sure this isn't SJVN? Doesn't really sound like you Larry. Your parochialism is cute, but Metro usually means a train system in Australia and France rather than having a sexual connotation or an abbreviation for metropolis. Perhaps you should just change your acquaintances if metrosexual keeps popping up too often ;-)

      As to the logo, it's Metro in one - simple, stylish and practical, just like Wp7 and then new Win 8.

      I suggest you stop taking lessons from SJVN ;-)
      tonymcs@...
      • RE: Microsoft's Windows 8 logo: Metro but not in a good way

        @tonymcs@... There's also MetroLink light passenger rail in STL, the Metro bus service in Kansas City, and I'm sure it just doesn't stop there.
        Champ_Kind
      • RE: Microsoft's Windows 8 logo: Metro but not in a good way

        @tonymcs@...

        Except that Metro can refer to a "look", which is what is happening here, opposed to being a noun, such as a train.
        rfoto
      • RE: Microsoft's Windows 8 logo: Metro but not in a good way

        @tonymcs@...

        I also have to get this off my chest.

        I hate the ZD logo.

        It's red which reminds me of Communism. The square is disturbingly off center and the worst part is the name, which makes anyone outside America call it Zed D net and in the USA Zee D net.

        Aaah that makes me feel better ;-)
        tonymcs@...
    • Ya, it might qualify as most bizarre article of all time.

      @wendellgee@...

      I don't know about you, I'm just shocked at myself that I just took the time to read an article that sounds like its supposed to make sense if you don't like a software logo thats a real bad thing in some important way. I don't know, perhaps if you find the logo so disgusting and off putting you find it repels you some how from the products...

      ...I don't know, I think that would even be more maniacal then what even this article seems to be implying.
      Cayble
  • A Logo is supposed to represent something

    If you're going all-Metro, why in the world would you not do it for the logo, of all things? It's supposed to represent the real thing.
    WebSiteManager
    • Notice the angle of the logo

      It's the perspective of some walking past, not towards.

      Represents the current state of windows competition.
      Richard Flude
  • RE: Microsoft's Windows 8 logo: Metro but not in a good way

    The only thing he could come up with is complaining about the Microsoft Windows logo. Its just a logo! I like its simplistic design, it doesn't need to be complicated. You can throw all your articles about Microsoft Windows out the window since you don't like it and seem to want to go out it yourself.<br><br> [i]The problem here is that I cant think of Microsofts 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.[/i]<br>That's just your skewed way of thinking. There is nothing suggestive about the metro lifestyle in Microsoft's UI or branding. Its completely on you that you are associating the two.
    Loverock Davidson-
    • RE: Microsoft's Windows 8 logo: Metro but not in a good way

      @Loverock Davidson- He could complain about what a colossal flop Windows 8 is going to be, but he's just waiting to see you flounder when it does.
      SamWilkinson
      • RE: Microsoft's Windows 8 logo: Metro but not in a good way

        @SamWilkinson
        I think Loverock Davidson is waiting to start laughing when Win8 overtakes OSX and Linux marketshare combined.
        Those who hunt Trolls
      • RE: Microsoft's Windows 8 logo: Metro but not in a good way

        @TWHT

        In what? 2-3 weeks? It won't take long...
        LiquidLearner
      • RE: Microsoft's Windows 8 logo: Metro but not in a good way

        @Those who hunt Trolls, Windows 8 will overtake OSX and Linux combined a day or two after Feb 29th.
        grayknight-22253692004129760887070084760051