When it comes to beauty and form, both the Mac OS and Windows seven icons are running neck in neck. If you check them side-by-side, there are some differences of note, but the styles of the icons are both pretty and obviously convey a message of what they indicate. Some of the significant differences between the two start if you look at the folder icons. While they both use folder shapes, Windows 7 sticks with the more standard yellow color which is nearer to their real-world opposite numbers. Mac OS elects to employ a spotted blue color which more looks like a recycled paper than standard file folder. This change occurred in Leopard and was had a meeting with some criticism.
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 opting for an emblem sticking out of the folder. This sticking out blob of the side of the folder makes it more difficult to see what the folder means like it probably did in the days before Leopard which was basically easier 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 very clear like the internal drive whereas on Vista and Windows 7 seems more like an external drive. Windows doesn’t dump its older icons either. If you look in the icons, you’ll still see stuff like the 3.5 and 5.25 floppy disk. Some differences with the trash bin is that on the Mac it’is expanded when full.
Windows seven has continued the glass-like style which it debuted in Windows Vista, there are one or two icons that have a more recent style that steps away from the glassy look. One of them is Wordpad which in Windows seven follows a very different style. Too 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 many more icons that have this playful touch than in Windows which 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 artistic bent.
This, of course, is directly 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 industry. The practical approach to icons is more apparent in both systems System Preferences and Control Panel sections. The icons on both systems clearly 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 seven will change with the next upgrade. They’re currently in .ico format which isn’t the easiest to handle inside .exe and .dll files.