Check out these amazing retro tech logos

Daniel Bean, Yahoo News
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Inspired by all the recent logo refreshes across the tech world, we’ve decided to compile a list of some of the best classic or retro computer and tech logos we could find.

So take a scroll through computer history and enjoy!

The software company founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen has ventured into many areas beyond its 1980s breadwinner, MS-DOS. Microsoft is now the umbrella company for Windows, Xbox, Bing, Skype and others. These early logos were used from 1975 to 1980, left, and 1982 to 1987, right.

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Microsoft (1975-1980 left, 1982-1987 right)



Adobe is the software company responsible for image editing software Photoshop and the popular, yet not-so-cherished Internet video standard Flash. Formed in 1982, the company was named after Adobe Creek in Los Altos, Calif. Here is the company's initial logo, used until 1999.


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Adobe (1982-1999)



We're not yet sure if we've seen the last of Palm, but the brand is owed a debt of gratitude for furthering the mobile computing race with a run of popular PDAs in the 1990s. Palm was purchased by HP in 2010, placing the future of the Palm software and name in a dubious position. This dotted "P" logo was used by Palm from 1992-2003.


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Palm (1992-2003)



Multitech began in 1976, producing Apple II clones before eventually joining the "IBM compatible" computer market. In 1989, the company fully converted to the name Acer. Here is one of the company's throwback logos, used from 1987-2000.


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Acer (1987-2001)



The name Compaq was derived from "compatibility and quality," according to its founders. The computer company was founded in 1982 and was bought by HP in 2002. These are two of the company's logos, 1982 to 1992 (top) and 1992 to 2007 (bottom).


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Compaq (1982-1992 top, 1992-2007 bottom)



Hewlett Packard began in 1939 as an electronics company and is largely recognized as the symbolic founder of Silicon Valley. This was HP's logo from 1974-1981.


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Hewlett Packard (1974-1981)



This company is probably now known best for making printers and copiers, but in the 1970s, Xerox developed a mouse and pointer user interface that was believed to be influential in the development of Apple's Macintosh. Here is its company logo from 1960 to 1968.


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Xerox (1960-1968)



After parting with Apple in 1985, Steve Jobs created computer company NeXT. This was the company's logo until being acquired by Apple in 1996.


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NeXT (1985-1996)



Samsung is currently the number one smartphone maker in the world, but did you know that it began as a trading company in 1938? This was the company's logo from 1980 to 1993.


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Samsung (1980-1992)



Michael Dell founded Dell in 1984. You may remember the company's blue brand symbol and viral-before-viral-was-a-thing "Dude, you're getting a Dell" commercials. Here's the company's logo from 1984 to 1989.


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Dell (1984-1989)



Herbert "Bell" Zwiebel co-founded the Packard Bell radio manufacturing company in the 1930s. After Bell's death and the eventual absorption of the company, computer manufacturer investors bought the rights to the name and, by the late 1980s, made Packard Bell computers among the first "IBM compatible" PCs to be sold in retail stores.

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Packard Bell (1986-1994 bottom, 1994-2003 top)



You probably know this company best for its "Intel inside" commercial jingle, but Intel has been manufacturing microchips since 1968 and had a simple, sleek logo from the get-go. Here is its initial logo, used from 1968 to 2005.


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Intel (1968-2005)



If you were born before the 1990s, you probably remember seeing America Online floppy disks EVERYWHERE. The seminal online service that loved to declare when you had mail started in 1991, and is still serving dial-up Internet to users today. This logo, used from 1991 to 2006, isn't as simple as the company's latest look, but what a classic!


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America Online (1991-2006)



The Apple logo has become as pervasive a brand symbol as we've ever seen, but at the company's onset, it thought different. Yes, there was an Apple involved, but this early company logo (at left) shows Isaac Newton sitting under an Apple tree. It wasn't long into the company's first year that Apple introduced the familiar apple etching that we've grown to love. This colorful version, right, was used from 1976 to 1998.


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Apple (1976 left, 1976-1998 right)


IBM was created from a multi-company merger in 1911 and eventually became one of the largest commercial and scientific computer companies on the planet. It wasn't, however, until the 1980s that the company Apple so disparagingly referred to as "Big Brother" ventured into the personal computing realm. This logo was used by IBM from 1967-1972.


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IBM (1967-1972)



This video game console only had a short two year run in the 1980s, but the logo sure was cool and Nintendo actually licensed the original Donkey Kong to ship with the device.


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ColecoVision (1982-1984)



Commodore International was founded in 1954 and survived until 1994. The company is probably best remembered for its Commodore 64 PC, which outsold IBM and Apple computers between the years of 1983 and 1986. Commodore used this logo from 1985 to 1994.


Commodore International (1985-1994)



Cisco is a network equipment manufacturer started in 1984. At one point during the dot-com bubble, Cisco was the most valuable company in the world. The company's logo has always featured a sketch of the Golden Gate bridge. This version was used from 1996 to 2006.


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Cisco Systems (1996-2006)



Yahoo! was founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo in 1994 as an Internet directory site called "David and Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web." Yahoo.com and its related domains are currently the highest visited in the United States (and it's a pretty cool place to work, too). The red Yahoo! logo was used from 1995 to 2009.

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Yahoo! (1995-2009)



Which classic logo is your favorite?
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