If you think the new Windows 8 logo is a revolutionary move away from the original Windows logo you are wrong. Very wrong.

For years we’ve grown used to the Microsoft Windows logo being a bright, multicoloured thing – sometimes blocky, often ugly, recently rather elegant. But always multicoloured. But, actually that isn’t true… And wait till you see the new Windows 8 logo.

Windows logo multicolored

There's been much speculation about how the new Windows 8 logo will look, and all the contenders have included the red, reen, blue and yellow – especially as the Windows 8 Metro user interface is similarly multi-coloured.

But now the new logo for Windows 8 appears to be turning this theme on its head, with the red, green, blue and yellow panes replaced with a dull, dark-green monotone uniformity. (See also: Microsoft changes Windows 8 logo.)

This is what the Microsoft Windows 8 logo is strongly rumoured to look like:

 Windows 8 logo Microsoft 2012

If you think this is a revolutionary move away from the original Windows logo you are wrong. Very wrong.

This is what the Microsoft Windows 1.0 logo looked like:

Windows 1.0 logo Microsoft

Spookily similar, eh?

All those multicoloured Windows logos were just (rather successful) padding in between Windows 1.0 and Windows 8.

Unofficial Windows 8 logos

And these unofficial Windows 8 logos were too predictable, and Microsoft appears to be more unpredictable these days. And for that we should all be glad.

Of course Microsoft isn’t the only company to take a once hugely successful multicoloured logo and make it monotone.

Apple logo multicolored

Apple logo black monotone

But I wouldn’t want to be the one accusing Microsoft of copying Apple

The new Windows 8 logo was revealed by a Chinese site CNBeta.com.

It is expected to be the first salvo in Microsoft's "Windows reimagined" marketing for its new operating system throughout 2012.

Find out everything you need to know about Windows 8 at our Windows 8 Advisor zone.

You can also ask questions about and discuss Windows 8 on our Windows 8 forum.