Microsoft has released a set of guidelines for the use of Windows 8 Compatible and Windows RT Compatible logos. Companies can now display these logos on their product packaging, provided the product has passed certification testing.
Apart from packaging, companies can also use the logos in ads and other promotional materials for that product, according to the guidelines laid down.
Some of the conditions to be noted are:
- The size may be changed, as long as the minimum width is 12.7 mm. The logo may not be altered in any other manner, including proportions, colors, visual elements, and any other way. The logo may not be animated, morphed, or otherwise distorted in perspective or dimensional appearance.
- The artwork is provided in four colors – solid and reversed.
- The logo may be displayed publicly on product packaging starting July 31, 2012
- The logo may not be displayed publicly online before September 1, 2012
- The logo may not be displayed publicly in print before September 1, 2012
- The logo may not be displayed in point-of-sale (POS) or other printed materials before September 1, 2012.
There are several other requirements mentioned. For instance:
Microsoft says, do not call apps that work with Windows 8 “Windows 8 apps.” Instead, call them “apps for Windows 8” or “apps that work with Windows 8. Or never use Windows 8 in the plural form. Do not for instance say “there are five Windows 8s” Instead, say “there are five copies of Windows 8″.
Head over to Microsoft to read the Windows 8 & Windows RT Compatible Logo Usage Guidelines in detail.