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 obviously convey a message of what they indicate. Some of the major differences between the two start if you glance 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 seems like a recycled paper than conventional file folder. This change occurred in Leopard and was met up with some criticism.
Folder types are also different from Windows 7 icons to Mac OS X with the second embossing an image on the icon and the former 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 actually better 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 10 has some icons that are extremely clear like the internal drive while on Vista and Windows seven looks more like an external drive. Windows doesn’t dump 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 seven has continued the glass-like style which it debuted in Windows Vista, there are one or two icons with a more modern style that steps away from the glassy look. One of them is Wordpad which in Windows seven follows a completely different style. Too in Mac OS X, the TextEdit icon has text which ran in the’Think Different’ TV which Apple did in the late 90s. There are lots more icons that have this playful touch than in Windows that 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, naturally, is directly tied to the branding of each OS : 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 business. 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 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 currently in .ico format which is not the simplest to handle inside .exe and .dll files.