Forward-leaning: Do you fear change? Then you might want to ignore. Microsoft is reportedly working on a visual overhaul for Windows 10 which is set for release in October. Called the Sun Valley ‘version 21H2’ update, one of the most notable changes will be the Start menu, which is separate from the taskbar and has more rounded corners.
Windows Latest writes that Sun Valley has been in the works since last year and will introduce a “sweeping visual rejuvenation of Windows”, including a new interface that takes full advantage of Microsoft’s fluid design and WinUI language.
One of the more subtle changes the update introduces is the rounding of box corners, such as those on static tiles and the Action Center. But the most obvious difference may be the location of the Start menu itself.
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Instead of being attached to the taskbar, the refreshed menu will now float over it, leaving a visible gap. Windows Latest has created a mockup (above) of what the change might look like.
Rounded corners and floating menus are something we’ve seen in the preview of Windows 10X. The previous change is quite subtle and should not bother people, although I’m not sure about the last one. The bad news is that if you prefer the current look, there do not seem to be any options to change the radius of the rounded corners or go back to non-floating menus.
It is worth noting that there is no guarantee that these overhauls will be part of the update, and even if they are, expect them to look better than the publication’s models.
Testers in the Windows Insider program are likely to see the changes as Microsoft rolls them out in the coming months.