Win­dows 10’s sleek new look

Project Neon will give your Win­dows 10 PC a fresh coat of paint later in 2017, re­veals Ian Paul

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Mi­crosoft is plan­ning a sleek vis­ual re­fresh for Win­dows 10, and it qui­etly teased its first of­fi­cial glimpse of what’s com­ing in the fu­ture dur­ing its re­cent Win­dows Developer Day key­note.

There aren’t many de­tails be­ing shared about ‘Project Neon’ right now – as the re­fresh was called in ear­lier leaks – but the new vis­ual look will fo­cus on an­i­ma­tions and tran­si­tions. The ba­sic con­cept is “to add flu­id­ity, an­i­ma­tion, and blur to apps and the op­er­at­ing sys­tem”, as first re­ported by Win­dows Cen­tral. The new de­sign lan­guage also hopes to make it eas­ier for devel­op­ers to cre­ate at­trac­tive apps.

The de­sign re­fresh should ex­tend to all Win­dows 10 de­vices in­clud­ing PCs and tablets, HoloLens, Xbox, and the few sur­viv­ing Win­dows Phones, ac­cord­ing to Win­dows Cen­tral.

Twit­ter user Tom Houn­sell shared a clean ver­sion of Mi­crosoft’s first look at Win­dows 10’s forth­com­ing de­sign tweaks. The image shown on the livestream had large text over­laid on top of the screen­shot (see be­low).

As you can see this isn’t a huge change, but the vis­ual re­fresh gives Win­dows 10 a sleeker, more mod­ern feel. The taskbar icons look a lit­tle more dy­namic and bolder. Cor­tana is us­ing the icon in­stead of the search box, though it’s not clear if this will be the de­fault look. The clock on the taskbar is also bolder, and the usual no­ti­fi­ca­tion area icons in­clud­ing the Ac­tion Cen­tre are no­tably ab­sent. The open Groove Mu­sic win­dow it­self looks more pol­ished and Aero-es­que as well, with no ti­tle bar to be seen – just un­ob­tru­sive op­tions in the app’s up­per-right cor­ner.

Win­dows Cen­tral says that some of the code for Project Neon is al­ready avail­able in re­cent In­sider Pre­view builds of Win­dows 10; how­ever, it’s un­likely the vis­ual re­fresh will be ready in time for the mas­sive Cre­ators Up­date this spring. Mi­crosoft is ex­pected to share more in­for­ma­tion about Neon dur­ing the Build con­fer­ence in May. The Cre­ators Up­date is ex­pected to roll out in late March or early April, fol­lowed by a sec­ond ma­jor up­date later in 2017.

Mi­crosoft’s first of­fi­cial look at Project Neon

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