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Microsoft adopt the Open Share Icon

16 Sep 2011

I’ve been following the announcements of the new Windows 8 UI (and particularly ‘Metro’) this week with great interest. I think they’ve done a fantastic job with Metro, it really looks like a fresh start UI wise.

One detail stood out in particular. In the screenshots I noticed that they’ve adopted the Open Share Icon in their UI.

To fill you in, the Open Share Icon came about after the original share icon was purchased by the company that provides the ShareThis service. While still licensed for public use, some people felt this wasn’t in the spirit of the thing, and decided to create a completely open version instead. It’s this version that Microsoft has adopted.

So why is this newsworthy? Microsoft did the same back in 2005, when they adopted the RSS icon that Stephen Horlander created for Firefox 1.0. That adoption quickly established it as a standard, and standards are good for everyone. Before long we will think of share as this symbol, without thinking twice.


Origami

05 Mar 2006

Is it just me, or is there something of the late 90’s about Microsoft’s Origami site?

Origami website

Somehow, this reminds me of the kind of thing I was doing when I first started designing for the web. Circles on lines, black backgrounds and ‘digitised’ type. Also check out that cool ‘rSS’ link!


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