In May 1999, Microsoft released Windows 98 SE (Second Edition) which fixes bugs and problems from Windows 98. This update didn’t have an official logo.
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Extended support ended on July 13, 2010 (mainstream support ended on June 30, 2005).
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Extended support ended on July 11, 2006 (mainstream support ended on June 30, 2002). This made it the first version of Windows to be supported to any date other than December 31st, 2001.
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Windows 2000 is NT based, not part of the 9x series. It was used both for server computers and regular computers.
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In 2006, Microsoft modified their 2001 logo to add a glow in the center of the logo and change the font to Segoe. (The beta logo, shown above, was only used on Beta 1-2 builds 5219-5308.) Many people hated Windows Vista because of all the bugs and glitches, just like Windows ME. While Windows Vista was also turned down by many, it did come with lots of new features and design tweaks. Some of the system’s most notable features are: New aero design, Sidebar and widgets, Windows Defender, 3D Task switcher, Welcome center, and Games Explorer.
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Mainstream support will end on October 13, 2020, and extended support will end on July 29, 2025.
Mainstream support ended on January 9, 2018, and extended support will end on January 10, 2023.
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Windows ME was known to be one of the worst Windows versions, as it was known to crash far too often and contained a lot of bugs. Thus, it’s not commonly seen being used among Windows users. Extended support ended for Windows ME on July 11, 2006 alongside Windows 98 (mainstream support ended on December 31, 2003).
Microsoft officially unveiled the first beta version of Windows 10 on September 30, 2014. The text on the wordmark of the logo was unbolded and the logo itself was made a darker shade of blue. The final version of the operating system was released worldwide on July 29, 2015.
Now we have the new Windows 8 logo, which in some ways goes back to the single colour simplicity of the very first windows logo:
This logo was also used in Windows 3.2, and Windows 3.11. This logo was similar to the Windows 3.1 logo, though slight changes were made to the colors.
After a year, Microsoft released Windows 8.1 in 2013. This logo has an additional “.1” at the end and is also slightly less bold, giving a smoother feel. This logo was not officially used by Microsoft neither in advertising (where the default Windows logo was used) nor in the OS (where the Windows 8 logo was used), but it was used in some conferences.
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Support for Windows 3.1x and NT 3.5 ended on December 31, 2001, while support for NT 3.x ended on December 31, 2000.
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The logo was tilted to the right when Windows 95 was released. Despite this, the logo in the upright position mainly appeared as a Start Menu icon.
Windows 7 kept the same design and logo with Windows Vista, aside from the switch from Vista to 7. Windows 7 Is Liked By Many because it has a very little amount of bugs and glitches. Windows 7’s new features are: Windows snap, redesigned task bar, libraries for documents, audio, videos, etc.; And HomeGroup.
Microsoft overhauled their logo again to fit in with the new Metro design language on Windows 8, which uses one-color designs and a slightly modified Segoe font. This logo was unveiled on Windows 8 Consumer Preview released February 2012. Instead of using the waved windows design, it uses the real window design, with perspective, design by Pentagram.
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Mainstream support ended on January 13, 2015, and extended support will end on January 14, 2020.
With the upcoming General Availability release of Microsoft Windows 8 on 26th October 2012, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at how the Windows logos have changed through the years.
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Support for Windows 8 ended on January 12, 2016. To regain support, users are recommended to upgrade to Windows 8.1 (which can be done in this version without install disc).
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Windows 1.0 and 2.0 were the first versions of Windows made. These versions of Windows were just to add a visual guide to DOS. The logo ressemble the Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 logo. Support ended on December 31, 2001.
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From that point on, the logos for Windows 95, XP, Vista and 7 have been progressions based on the four colours:
When Windows 3.0 released in May 1990, the familiar red, green, blue and yellow colours were added to the panes of the window:
Windows 3.0 was the version that made Windows popular because it was easier to use than 1.0 and 2.0. Support ended on December 31, 2001.
In 2000, Microsoft overhauled the Windows logo again giving it much more of a clean feel. The Windows logo was simplified, removing the black borders and squares flowing behind it. The logo was also given a ‘plastic’ feel to it. It was created to match Windows XP which had a very clean feel. It used the Franklin Gothic Medium font for the text.
Windows 8.1 was an update for Windows 8 with some improvements, and some enhances to the Start Screen.
PS: I had not seen the original Windows 1.0 logo before I researched this article. Thanks to Minimally Minimal to reminding us.
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Windows 8’s most notable new features are: New Metro design, Touchscreen for the new tablet called “Surface”, New Start Menu (Start Screen), Apps, and instead of using the 3D task switcher, it used 2D at the right side of the screen. The original version is known to be the very shortest support version, but counting Windows 8.1 instead of this, Windows 95 and ME had the shortest support versions.
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Extended support ended on December 31, 2001 (mainstream support ended on December 31, 2000).
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Windows XP introduced a new look and feel to the desktop and the majority of the system in general, with its Luna theme and tons of new features. It was known to be the longest supported version in the 21st century part of the history of Windows. Windows XP was one of the most popular of the microsoft windows OS Versions.
Windows 10’s new features are: return of Start menu, new versions of apps, multiple desktops, a voice assistant: Cortana, and a new navigator: Microsoft Edge. New updates for Windows 10 include Game Mode, Paint 3D and a new interface: Fluent Design.
Extended support ended on April 8, 2014 (mainstream support ended on April 14, 2009).
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Back on 20th November 1985, Microsoft released Microsoft Windows 1.0 which had the following logo with the 4 panes of a single colour:
Extended support ended on April 11, 2017 (mainstream support ended on April 10, 2012).