Update 2:50 p.m.:
The new logo bears a little bit of a resemblance to the Windows 95 logo. Check out the YouTube video attached to this story. (Credit to a Facebook user on Microsoft's Facebook page for spotting this video.)
Microsoft on Thursday unveiled a new logo, it's first in 25 years, according to the company. What do you think? Is it an improvement over the past logo? Vote in our poll and tell us in the comments. (We've got the 1987 displayed here on a photo we have of one of the Microsoft offices in Redmond.)
According to the official Microsoft blog, the new logo, with its four paneled box reminiscent of the old Windows logos, is meant to evoke the different types of products that the company offers:
The logo has two components: the logotype and the symbol. For the logotype, we are using the Segoe font which is the same font we use in our products as well as our marketing communications. The symbol is important in a world of digital motion (as demonstrated in the video above.) The symbol’s squares of color are intended to express the company’s diverse portfolio of products.
The unveiling of the logo was done ahead of the release of some new products, including the , Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Xbox services and the next version of Office, according to the company.
If you're interested, the Seattle Times has images of the company's logos through 1975, including the heavy metal looking one from 1980 (that one lasted a year). If you have any pictures of old products, feel free to post them to this story.