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American-based multinational technology company founded by Bill Gates in 1975. It is known for the Microsoft Windows operating systems, the Microsoft Office suite the Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge web browsers, Xbox video game consoles, and the Microsoft Surface line of tablet computers.

This page only shows primary logo variants.
For other related logos and images, see:
/Other /Anniversary /On-Screen Slogans

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1972–1975 1975–1980 1980–1982 1982–1987 1987–2011 2011–2012 2012–present
1972–1975 1975–1980 1980–1982 1982–1987 1987–2011 2011–2012 2012–present

Traf-O-Data

1972–1975

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Microsoft started as Traf-O-Data in 1972 as a traffic computer manufacturer for traffic lights for the Washington roads, the company was working for the government at the time and later moved to Microsoft on April 4, 1975.

Microsoft

1975–1980

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DESIGNER
Simon Daniels
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Aki Lines
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1980–1982

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DESIGNER
Simon Daniels
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New Zelek
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1982–1987

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1987–2012

1987–2011

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DESIGNER
Scott Baker
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Helvetica Italic Black
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Microsoft launched its most well-known logo in early 1987, and since then, has been cherished by many. It's still used on older products and some portals (most notably the Windows/Microsoft Update website and Boot Screen 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). Up until 2012, multiple variations of this logo was on Microsoft's Website and was used on the website even after the 2011 Microsoft logo went to effect. It was designed by Scott Baker.

“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.”
Scott Baker, designer of the 1987 Microsoft logo.

2011–2012

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DESIGNER
Scott Baker
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With the launch of a new slogan in 2011, the Microsoft logo was altered slightly, reducing the slant.[1] 
This logo was the shortest-lived of the company, only being used for one year until August 22, 2012. This logo was never used on Microsoft's website, having the previous logo until a completely different logo replaced it temporarily.

2012–present

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DESIGNER
Jason Wells
TYPOGRAPHY
Segoe Semibold
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Microsoft launched its new logo on August 23, 2012, which includes four squares with the colours of Office, Xbox, Windows and Bing. This happened around the time Windows 8 launched, which changed its usual colors to a single blue (so the old Windows colors were brought to the Microsoft logo). This logo was also used on their website. Although this logo cannot be completely current, a similar one has featured in Windows 95 commercials from the mid-'90s, as well as the Microsoft Store logo from 2009.

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