When it comes to beauty and form, both the Mac OS and Windows 7 icons are running neck in neck. If you match them side-by-side, there are some differences of note, but the styles of the icons are both pretty and clearly convey a message of what they signal. Some of the major differences between the two start if you glance at the folder icons. While they both use folder shapes, Windows seven sticks with the more traditional yellow color which is closer to their real-world counterparts. Mac OS elects to use a spotted blue color which more seems like a recycled paper than conventional file folder. This change occurred in Leopard and was met with some feedback.
Folder types are also different from Windows 7 icons to Mac OS X with the latter embossing an image on the icon and the previous choosing an emblem sticking out of the folder. This sticking out blob of the side of the folder makes it more complicated to see what the folder means like it probably did in the days before Leopard which was essentially simpler to tell one from the other.
The new Windows seven icons were introduced with Vista and many carry over to Windows 7. On the other hand Mac OS 10 has some icons that are awfully clear like the internal drive while on Vista and Windows seven appears more like an external drive. Windows doesn’t lose its older icons either. If you look in the icons, you can still see things like the 3.5 and 5.25 floppy disk. Some differences with the rubbish bin is that on the Mac it looks expanded when full.
Windows seven has continued the glass-like style which it debuted in Windows Vista, there also are one or two icons possessing a newer style that steps away from the glassy look. One of them is Wordpad which in Windows seven follows a completely different style. Also in Mac OS X, the TextEdit icon has text which ran in the’Think Different’ television advertisement which Apple did in the latter 90s. There also are lots more icons that have this playful touch than in Windows that has been known to present business like, practical icons which have carried over into Windows 7. Mac OS icons are known to have a more creative bent.
This, of course, is firmly tied to the branding of each O. S : Windows is business-oriented and Mac OS is more artistically driven and private. While this isn’t engraved in granite, it is something that has been long known in the bizz. The practical approach to icons is more obvious in both systems System Preferences and Control Panel sections. The icons on both systems clearly convey their meaning without any room for misunderstanding. These two sets of icons while engaging serve that purpose. Hopefully, the way icons are rendered in Windows 7 will change with the subsequent upgrade. They are now in .ico format which isn’t the easiest to handle within .exe and .dll files.