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Microsoft's new logo -- and its retro past

Microsoft has unveiled its first new logo in 25 years. Its past logos are wonderfully retro, evoking disco fever, death metal and Pac-Man.

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Microsoft (MSFT) hung on to its last logo for a quarter century, but the decidedly '90s-looking font has finally been kicked to the curb.

The company unveiled its new look in a blog post that hails "a new era for Microsoft." The branding update comes just before a big wave of product launches, including Microsoft's radically redesigned Windows 8 and its forthcoming Surface tablet.

Looking back at Microsoft's past reveals wonderfully retro logos that span four decades and evoke disco fever, death metal, and even Pac-Man.

  @julpepitone - Last updated August 23 2012 04:50 PM ET