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 2 start if you glance at the folder icons. While they both use folder shapes, Windows seven sticks with the more normal yellow color which is closer to their real-world opposite numbers. Mac OS elects to employ a speckled blue color which more looks like a recycled paper than traditional file folder. This change took place in Leopard and was met up 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 actually 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 ten has some icons that are extremely clear like the internal drive whereas on Vista and Windows 7 looks more like an external drive. Windows doesn’t lose its older icons either. If you look in the icons, you can still see stuff 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 7 has continued the glass-like style which it debuted in Windows Vista, there are also several icons that have a more modern style that steps away from the glassy look. One of them is Wordpad which in Windows 7 follows a completely different style. Also in Mac OS X, the TextEdit icon has text which ran in the’Think Different’ television adverts which Apple did in the late 90s. There are plenty more icons that have this playful touch than in Windows that has been known to present business like, utilitarian icons which have carried over into Windows seven. Mac OS icons are known to have a more creative bent.
This, naturally, is firmly tied to the branding of each operating system : 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 obviously convey their meaning without any room for bafflement. These two sets of icons while fascinating serve that purpose. Hopefully, the way icons are rendered in Windows 7 will change with the following upgrade. They are currently in .ico format which is not the simplest to handle within .exe and .dll files.