The look of Windows 10 has remained fairly stagnant in recent years, with only a few adjustments around the edges. But Microsoft is finally updating the look of the desktop OS.
In print is a new news and information panel and a simplified set of system icons. They are currently available to a subset of Windows Insider program members in the Insider Dev channel with Build 21327. For everyone else, the new elements are expected to appear in the fall release, which may also include other new design features, such as floating system panels and rounded window corners.
These are significant changes in the appearance of the interface, but they are not as drastic as those in Microsoft̵
News and interests
The Windows 10s Start menu already includes Weather and News Buttons for quick information on these topics, but the company is creating a new dedicated panel that pops up from the taskbar, complete with history photos. The panel opens full stories in your browser, where the presentation has also been redesigned, with larger cards for each story. The cards even include Facebook-like Like buttons, so you can respond to the stories, which will appear in other users’ feeds and probably affect what appears on your own feed.
New system icons
Since the announcement at the Build conference in 2017, Fluent Design System has slowly entered the Windows system and apps. Fluent emphasizes transparency, subtle animation and simplified typography and iconography. The new Dev Build 21327 introduces a new font for icons, called Segoe Fluent Icons. Their simplistic, straightforward appearance continues the trend away from skeuomorphism in interfaces.
The build also includes other repairs and updates, such as a 64-bit version of PowerShell for ARM64 devices. To sign up for Insider builds and try out the new features for yourself (while remembering that there are pre-release software with no guarantees of stability), go to insider.windows.com.