Since the Longhorn Project started, we have been seeing early concepts of new pictorial representations of task throughout the operating system. Over time, we have basically gotten tired of the same old thing, since we have been seeing them for so long now. Microsoft has hinted since the start of Vista BETA 1 that more fit and finish will be added to Vista as the project heads to RTM. Confirmation of this was recently revealed on Paul Thurrotts Windows Supersite for Windows with a banner linking to his soon to be release final review of Windows Vista. I would like to take a look some these changes with the new Multimedia and Productivity icons expected in the final Vista RTM code.
Ok, you are saying to yourself, there is strong use of the orange African Daisy. But I like them, I did not at first, but they have grown on me really quick. They are rich, retro and edgy and use what seems to be either a Glass or plastic element for keeping your data. The use of the flower itself is representation of both beauty and workflow, you see the different scenarios in which you can control, manipulate, reuse and exploit your data. I personally did not get the DVD Maker icon off the bat, but eventually it came to me when I realized the circle was a DVD disk. For ages, Microsoft has really stuck to just slightly updating their icons, and much of this is still true, Computer, Network and others still are the same, but do they need any drastic departures as these are? Overall, its a change that communicates ease of use, fun and most of all integration, I like ’em!