As Microsoft is rebranding Windows Live it looks like the common golden swish across the products will go away. Without a doubt, SkyDrive is now a first-class citizen in Microsoft’s product line-up. Consistent updates to the service, integration across Windows Phone & Windows, cross-platform availability are some signs of how Microsoft sees SkyDrive integral to their future.
During Microsoft’s Surface announcement, Michael Gillet pointed out the new SkyDrive logo and now Microsoft has applied to trademark it. For those who’ve been following Windows Live would know that around Wave 3, the icons introduced a golden swish for all Live products and this followed into subsequent designs. Here is the current SkyDrive icon:
Here’s the new logo as shown on Surface:
The trademarked icon:
The difference is small but for those following Microsoft, goodbye Windows Live, your golden touch will be missed. (The clouds have been moved around too.)