Microsoft on Friday officially revealed the new logo that will be used for its Windows 8 operating system. Microsoft has maintained the actual window aspect of the logo, but it definitely looks more like a flag to us. However, Microsoft purposely pointed out that while it might look like a flag, it’s actually a window. “We did less of a re-design and more to return it to its original meaning and bringing Windows back to its roots – reimagining the Windows logo as just that – a window,” Microsoft’s User Experience Director, Windows, Windows Live and Internet Explorer, Sam Moreau said in a blog post Friday. “The Windows logo is a strong and widely recognized mark but when we stepped back and analyzed it, we realized an evolution of our logo would better reflect our Metro style design principles and we also felt there was an opportunity to reconnect with some of the powerful characteristics of previous incarnations.”
Microsoft’s Windows 8 consumer preview is expected to launch in just over a week during the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona. We’ll be reporting live and hope to bring you fresh impressions of the new operating system as soon as we can. The consumer release of Windows 8 is expected to be available to the general public by the end of February.