Microsoft has been reworking the user icons interface; under the new Fluent design system for a major Windows 10 overhaul since 2018. Microsoft’s Fluent design system is new design language developed and launched 2017 to create more appealing user interface design.
The software development giant unveiled the Windows 10X (for dual-screen devices), along with the new Windows logo earlier this year. The basic monochrome windows logo used by Windows 8 and 10 has received a gradient of blue with each individual square having a different color shades. The Operating System conglomerate is now redesigning more than 100 icons for applications. The application icons will still follow the same concept, however a new array of colors, finishes, and materials have been added.
With the newest wave of icon redesigns, we faced two major creative challenges. We needed to signal innovation and change while maintaining familiarity for customers. We also had to develop a flexible and open design system to span a range of contexts while still being true to Microsoft, stated Jon Friedman, corporate vice president of design and research at Microsoft.
The new design overhaul is part of Microsoft’s aim to beautify and modernize the software services designs to make them more attractive to end users. Even though, most of the changes are subtle, the icons look more consistent and uniform like Google’s material design.
Furthermore, this move will drastically improve the Windows 10 experience by reworking inconsistent application icons to give the operating system (OS) a more uniform and balanced look.
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17 November, 2019