Microsoft Exchange team develops serious case of Logo Envy

It's Friday afternoon and I'm just getting ready to stop working for the day, but first I have to ask: Has anyone else seen the new icon for Exchange 2007? Ah well, who can blame Microsoft for wanting the subliminal association with such a good brand?

It's Friday afternoon and I'm just getting ready to stop working for the day, but first I have to ask: Has anyone else seen the new icon for Exchange 2007?

Ah well, who can blame Microsoft for wanting the subliminal association with such a good brand? :)

The only problem is that after a few months no one will remember that our logo came first (by almost two years), and I'll bet people will start accusing us of ripping off Microsoft's logo! Hmm.. maybe we can license it to them?

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Maybe you can get something good out of this???
immitation is the sincerest form of flattery :)
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Take it up in court.

Perhaps you could settle by making the license terminal server on a per processor or concurrent user basis?

Just a thought ;-)
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Hey Brian why are you ripping of the exchange team's logo? Shame on you.
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$0.10/CAL annually should about do it. 
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Hi Brian,
 
did you know that this new logo is also included in the OWA authentication websites of ISA Server 2006 ?
 
See below
 
http://www.isaserver.org/img/upl/image0121154347002437.jpg
 
 
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Are you going to sue the pants off them Brian?  They would if it was the other way round!
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I think this is a stretch.  The colors are reversed, they look more like hooks than arrows, the 4 hooks all seem to be coming from the middle of the design, and the design is flat...  Do you think the Exchange people even know who Brian is, doubtful.  They probably don't even know all of the authors for things related to Exchange, and the design was probably done by someone totaly non-techical who barely knows what Exchange is.
 
Is there some similarity, yes. 
 
 
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I totally agree that Microsoft probably did not do this on purpose. I wouldn't think the Exchange team has ever heard of us or ever seen our logo.

However, I think the issue here is that the logo looks confusingly similar to ours. True, there's is more squarish, and the gray and reds are flipped, however, people won't be comparing these side-by-side. The issue is whether people think of our logo when they see the Exchange one, or (even worse), if they think of the Exchange logo when they see ours.

Like I said, I'm sure this was accidental, but I'm hoping that it's not too late for MS to change the Exchange logo. I think they look too similar and will be confused in the market. After all, I'm sure I could show people that Exchange logo on it's own and they wouldn't realize it wasn't ours, and that's the problem.

Brian
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I completely agree.  I hope you have a trademark on your logo design and that there is a simple resolution to this.
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Brian,
 
I've been a big fan of your site for a long long time but this has got to be the dumbest thing I've seen on here in a long while.  :)  I don't think your logo looks anything like the new Exchange logo.  Even if it did that would be a HUGE plus for you.  It would only drive more traffic to your site.  The reality is that a very small number of people in IT know who you are.  I don't see how you believe your logo being confused with the new Exchange logo could be a bad thing.  Even so, the confusion just isn't going to happen. 
 
I've been beta testing Exchange and OWA for a long time and never ever thought of their logo looking anything like yours.  The thought never entered my mind.  I don't see how you think any similarity would be a "problem" for you.
 
Mo 
 
 
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Surely you don't want to be associated with an email product. Email is so 2006.


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