Microsoft time-travels back to mid-1980s, finds vintage logo and slogan

Microsoft 80s Logo
Microsoft 80s Logo (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft's Twitter is feeling nostalgic again.
  • This time around, it dug up some vintage 1980s logo and slogan action featuring the all-time classic "the high performance software" tagline.
  • The logo reminds us that at some point, Microsoft and Weyland-Yutani contracted the same graphic designers.

It's that special time of the year when Microsoft looks through the history books and tweets to remind us of the good old days when bread cost a nickel and low-fi synth wasn't just a music genre, but also a logo art style.

This time around, Redmond's nostalgia bore 1980s fruits in the form of its 1982-87 logo and slogan. "The high performance software" was how Microsoft sold itself, a couple of decades before it adopted the slogan "wouldn't it be cool if Master Chief blew up Windows?"

Make of that image what you will. Two things are clear enough: The world's a lot less black and green than it was in the mid-1980s, and corporate slogans now tend to feature more digestible grammatical constructions.

If you love Microsoft's old-school stylings, know that we've already filed a formal request to get a 4K wallpaper commissioned. If Biden can get Microsoft to overhaul its entire Surface repair ethos, there's a decent chance we can maybe lead the charge on a wallpaper.

In the meantime, if you crave more of this aesthetic and aren't content to wait around for Microsoft to dust off more floppy disks containing ancient digital artifacts, just go play Alien: Isolation. It's an oldie, but a goodie, and it's absolutely loaded with all the scan-line laden, sickly green and black computer monitors you can stomach.

For more nostalgia, check out how Microsoft celebrated turning 46.

Robert Carnevale

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to