Microsoft Brings Windows 10X Colorful Design Refresh To Insiders

Ruben Fields
February 20, 2020

Microsoft's idea behind its Fluent Design UI for Windows 10 is that its modular and evolving. Microsoft revealed hundreds of new Windows 10 icons in December, and all of them are much more colorful and modern than what now exists in the operating system.

Bringing in optional updates has been in the works for quite some time, and what Microsoft is doing here - as explained in a Techcommunity blog post - is giving hardware makers a way to deploy drivers as automatic (delivered as normal) or manual (the latter meaning as an optional update).

As one of the biggest annoyances in the initial setup of Windows 10, Cortana was supposed to assist users as they configure the operating system, providing voice guidance for each step. Microsoft's up to date Edge browser additionally has a brand new icon, and even Workplace itself has a extra fashionable brand.

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Calculator, Groove Music, Mail, Voice Recorder, Alarms and Clock, Movies and TV, and Calendar are the first integrated applications to get the new icons, with many more to follow.

The new icon is part of a broader fluid design effort at Microsoft to modernize the company's software and services. However, with hundreds of icons still to change, we are seeing a problem. Specifically, we hope Microsoft can roll out the icons quickly. Currently, Insiders see some apps with slick modern icons and others with older icons.

The result is a jagged visual experience on Windows 10. Microsoft can ease this transition by ensuring the new icons are all introduced within a space of a few months. The new icons will update on Windows 10 Start Menu, Taskbar, and Splash Screen. In essence, it looks like Microsoft is not going to beat Windows 10 uses over the head with a brand new look when the next major feature upgrade arrives (Windows 10 20H1).

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