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 signify. Some of the major differences between the two start if you glance 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 spotted blue color which more looks like a recycled paper than traditional file folder. This change happened in Leopard and was had a meeting with some feedback.
Folder types are also different from Windows seven 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 troublesome 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 seven. On the other hand Mac OS 10 has some icons that are very clear like the internal drive whereas on Vista and Windows seven seems more like an external drive. Windows doesn’t get rid of its older icons either. If you look in the icons, you’ll still see things 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 seven has continued the glass-like style which it debuted in Windows Vista, there are a couple of icons possessing a newer style that steps away from the glassy look. One of them is Wordpad which in Windows seven follows a very different style. Also in Mac OS X, the TextEdit icon has text which ran in the’Think Different’ TV advertisement 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 artistic bent.
This, of course, is firmly 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 which has been long known in the business. 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 confusion. These two sets of icons while engaging serve that purpose. Hopefully, the way icons are rendered in Windows 7 will change with the subsequent upgrade. They are now in .ico format which is not the simplest to handle within .exe and .dll files.