I think now is a good time to write this post. On Monday the 26th of August 2012 I celebrate my 25th Anniversary at Microsoft! Yes 25 years! Oh my freaking god! For those of you that read this blog you may recall a blog post I did 5 years ago celebrating my 20th year at Microsoft. In that post I detailed my Employee timeline and took a trip down memory lane of the last 20 years at Microsoft. It’s actually quite a good summary of what has happened at Microsoft during my time here. And now another 5 years has passed and I’m at my 25th year at the company. I have to say I never even thought that far ahead nor imagined I would still be having so much fun at my job. As you can see from the picture on the right I received another glass sculpture which is made from optical crystal. It also has a band of the Microsoft colours along the middle of it which is pretty cool. Below is a bit more from the card that came with it.
…Crafted from the finest quality optical crystal, it was designed by Hybrid 3 of Seattle and exclusively produced by Weinberg Glass of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Before I talk briefly about the last 5 years lets have a look back on the world in 1987, the year I came to Australia and started at Microsoft.
So how have things changed in the last 5 years? Well heaps actually! Windows Server 2008 was released in February of 2008 of course and marked the first time we made Hyper-V available as part of the core of the operating system. Windows 7 was released in July 2009 and was the most significant OS release we had made in years. After all the Vista bashing I received it was nice to go and talk to customers about Windows 7 and how good it was and still is. In 2010 we released Windows Server 2008 R2 which marked many significant changes to Hyper-V including Live Migration, Dynamic Memory and many networking enhancements. Then of course we released Windows Phone in the second half of 2012 which marked a complete redesign of the operating system from the ground up and a complete redesign of the user interface. These 4 releases in my opinion were the most significant in over the last 5 in my opinion because our operating systems are the core of what we do. Of course we had many more releases on Xbox, Office, SQL Server, and System Center but I only have a short window of time in this post.
A New Era
Which brings me to the new logo we just announced today. As I said above I’m celebrating 25 years at Microsoft and it’s been 25 years since we changed the Microsoft Logo and in my opinion it was time and in fact the perfect time. This year we are updating nearly all of our products to new versions. From Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Xbox Services and the new Office you will see a common look and feel. This is the first time in our history this has happened. To me this is an exciting time to be at the company and an exciting time to be in Evangelism. Our logos have changed over the years for sure. Check out the history of our logos below.
As you will notice this is the first time we have two components in the Logo: a logotype and a symbol. The font is Segoe which is the same font we are using across our products. The symbol is about our products working together and digital motion. The video below shows that. Can you guess which products are represented by the 4 colours in the symbol?
What do you think of the new logo? Personally I like the clean lines and the symbol as well. Plus I’m looking forward to this year. It’s going to be fun. I guess that’s all I can ask for!