When it comes to beauty and form, both the Mac OS and Windows seven 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 signify. Some of the major differences between the 2 start if you look at the folder icons. While they both use folder shapes, Windows seven sticks with the more standard yellow color which is nearer to their real-world counterparts. Mac OS elects to employ a speckled blue color which more looks like a recycled paper than standard file folder. This change took place in Leopard and was met up with some feedback.
Folder types are also different from Windows seven icons to Mac OS X with the second 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 simpler to tell one from the other.
The new Windows 7 icons were introduced with Vista and many carry over to Windows seven. On the other hand Mac OS ten has some icons that are extremely clear like the internal drive whereas on Vista and Windows 7 appears 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 rubbish 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 newer style that steps away from the glassy look. One of them is Wordpad which in Windows seven follows a totally different style. Also in Mac OS X, the TextEdit icon has text which ran in the’Think Different’ TV which Apple did in the latter 90s. There are 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 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 personal. While this isn’t engraved in granite, it is something which has been long known in the bizz. The practical approach to icons is more apparent in both systems System Preferences and Control Panel sections. The icons on both systems obviously convey their meaning without any room for misunderstanding. These 2 sets of icons while engaging serve that purpose. Hopefully, the way icons are rendered in Windows 7 will change with the next upgrade. They’re currently in .ico format which is not the quickest to handle within .exe and .dll files.