Microsoft talks about the updated Visual Studio icons

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Last week, Microsoft announced the general availability of Visual Studio 2017. Visual Studio 2017 comes with improvements to code navigation, IntelliSense, refactoring, code fixes, and debugging, saves you time and effort on everyday tasks regardless of language or platform. In addition, for teams embracing DevOps, Visual Studio 2017 streamlines the developer inner loop and speeds up code flow with brand new real-time features such as live unit testing and real-time architectural dependency validation. Apart from the new features and improvements, Microsoft has also updated the icons of products in the Visual Studio family. The classic purple infinity shape that you already know is not changing. It will represent the entire suite of Visual Studio products that includes: Visual Studio IDE, Visual Studio for Mac, Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio Team Services, Blend for Visual Studio, and Visual Studio Mobile Center. Microsoft today published a blog post discussing the design process of these icons.

The stylized border in the refreshed Visual Studio IDE icon is used in our other updated product icons as well. But instead of having to remember which icon is Visual Studio Code and which icon is Visual Studio Team Services based solely on color, each product icon now includes a unique pictogram that captures the individual flavor of each product. As each icon gets finalized and hard-coded into our different products, you’ll be able to tell that Blend and Code are both Visual Studio products, but are not the same thing. You’ll be able to tell the difference between Visual Studio Mobile Center and Visual Studio Team Services, and at the same time see that they’re part of the same product family.

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