Can you still free P? Not if you want to use this particular P, which Microsoft filed this week.
The trademark notice, spotted by Aggiornamenti Lumiadescribes Microsoft’s P as “a geometric design in the shape of a capital ‘P’ in gradient shades from green to blue”.
Why does Microsoft want this particular P? Well, it’s meant to be used for some form of computer software – the trademark itself covers a variety of uses, including programs for “visualizing, animating, transforming, presenting, and sharing data and other information” as well as “software development tools for creating computer software applications and mobile software applications”.
To me, it resembles some of the other logos Microsoft already uses in its business software suite, such as PowerPoint and Teams. Is this for some Office based gaming software tool?
Earlier this week, Microsoft made the rather surprising decision to integrate some of its most popular casual games into Microsoft Teams in an effort (it said) to boost HQ interactivity. Multiplayer versions of Minesweeper, Solitaire, Icebreakers and Wordament can now be found in Teams to spice up your meetings – perhaps a reflection of the world of remote work we now live in.
Maybe Blockbusters is next? Microsoft – can I have a P, please?