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1975–1980 1980–1982 1982–1987 1987–2012 2012–present


Micro Soft
First logo.


Microsoft Logo 1980

Introduced May 1, 1980.


Microsoft Logo Historical

Introduced April 1, 1982.



Microsoft launched its most well-known logo on January 5, 1987, and since then, has been cherished by many. It was dropped on August 22, 2012, but it's still used on older products and some portals (most notably the Windows/Microsoft Update website in Windows XP, the Microsoft Update site in Windows Vista, and the documentation page for Windows XP Professional, and some others, just to name a few). It was created by Scott Baker. As evidenced here, this logo was originally seen on a Release Candidate of Windows 2.0 in December 1986 before the logo officially launched the following month.

"The new logo, in Helvetica italic typeface, has a slash between the o and s to emphasize the "soft" part of the name and convey motion and speed."

As of 2012, this is now being used as a secondary logo and still used along Windows 7, Office 2010, Xbox 360 and older Microsoft products.


Microsoft 2011
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With the launch of the new slogan in 2011, the Microsoft logo was altered slightly, reducing the slant.[1]. This logo was the shortest-lived, was only used for one year, until August 22, 2012.


Microsoft 2012
On August 23, 2012, Microsoft's most notable logo was retired and a new logo was commissioned. The new logo also includes four squares with the colors of the then-current Windows logo. This logo is, however, not completely new; a similar one was featured in Windows 95 commercials from the mid-90s, making it more complicated as Windows 95.

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