When it comes to beauty and form, both the Mac OS and Windows 7 icons are running neck in neck. If you compare 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 indicate. Some of the key differences between the two start if you look at the folder icons. While they both use folder shapes, Windows 7 sticks with the more normal yellow color which is nearer to their real-world counterparts. Mac OS elects to employ a speckled blue color which more seems like a recycled paper than standard file folder. This change occurred in Leopard and was met up with some criticism.
Folder types are also different from Windows seven icons to Mac OS X with the second embossing an image on the icon and the former choosing an emblem sticking out of the folder. This sticking out blob of the side of the folder makes it more troublesome to see what the folder means like it probably did in the days before Leopard which was basically 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 whereas on Vista and Windows seven appears more like an external drive. Windows doesn’t get rid of 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 trash bin is that on the Mac it’is expanded when full.
Windows 7 has continued the glass-like style which it debuted in Windows Vista, there also are several icons possessing 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 adverts which Apple did in the latter 90s. There are also many more icons that have this playful touch than in Windows which has been known to present business like, utilitarian icons which have carried over into Windows 7. Mac OS icons are known to have a more inventive bent.
This, of course, is explicitly tied to the branding of each OS : Windows is business-oriented and Mac OS is more artistically driven and personal. While this isn’t engraved in granite, it is something that has been long known in the industry. The utilitarian 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 bafflement. These 2 sets of icons while fascinating serve that purpose. Hopefully, the way icons are rendered in Windows 7 will change with the next upgrade. They are now in .ico format which isn’t the easiest to handle within .exe and .dll files.