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Microsoft Redesigns Windows 8 Logo

Microsoft has had a play with the logo for Windows 8, changing it up to one that looks more like a real window than that crazy Windows 95 through Windows 7 wavy stuff.

Until now, Windows has always had a funky multi-coloured setup for its four distinct panels. Whether followed by black squares tapering off, or encased in a blue, gradiented bubble, it's been roughly the same for over 15 years. However Windows 8 is looking to change that with a return to basics.

According to the image released on Cnbeta, for the software giant's next generation operating system, we're looking at a much more toned down logo - far more professional looking, though far more drab too. It features just one colour, a dark blue and there's no more wavy-ness, just a window at an angle to the viewer.

While it could be argued that this is merely a mock-up by a fan or someone looking to get some extra page views, there's a second image of what looks like a tablet PC with the Windows 8 logo as a home button.

The potentially new logo does have a bit of a Windows 8 tablet look to it, with the next-generation operating system designed for touch screen devices, resembling the angled Window much more than previous iterations of the OS have.

Windows 8 is expected to be officially released later this year, with a beta landing sometime in the next month.

Dipping his toes into almost everything that could be labeled 'nerdy' in his free time, Jon has been writing about technology for over half a decade. While mainly focusing on PC hardware thoughout this time, today he's more varied, covering everything from gaming to general electronics, industry perspectives and consoles. As well as writing for different sites, Jon enjoys wargaming, reading and PC gaming, hoping to balance out these geeky pastimes with fire spinning and MMA.