Microsoft claims that it has been working on a “sweeping visual rejuvenation” to illuminate its Windows 10 Sun Valley project. Here is an early sneak peek at some of the changes customers can expect.
According to Windows Latest, testers of the Windows Insider Program are being given an initial glimpse at Microsoft’s pending introductions to Windows 10. This awaited feature on the Windows 10 Sun Valley, which is the codename for the operating system’s upcoming interface update, is expected to get to status-RTM (release to manufacturing) by June 2021, and may be available by later this year in October or November.
Besides bringing in new icons for system apps and File Explorer folders, as part of this update, Microsoft will be revamping icons that have remained unchanged since Windows era 95, like the floppy disks and hibernation monitor icons. It has been reported that these upgraded designs are comparable in appearance to existing icons found on other Windows products, such as Microsoft Launcher and Microsoft 365.
What’s been seen on preview builds?
Those who have been given a look at the latest preview builds have observed a fresh set of folder/button/option icons within the operating system’s main shell module Shell32.dll (which has been present in all Windows variants succeeding the 95 era). Icons in particular that have already received their makeovers include floppy disks, networking, globe, hibernation mode, and more.
These icon changes are made to sport distinctive hues and provide users with a modern feel that is more consistent with the operating system’s advancements.
There has been quite a noticeable amount of app, settings, and folder tweaks that came with Microsoft’s previous preview builds. This PC, Documents, Recycle Bin, etc. are among the folder icons that Microsoft states have already been modified.
Splashes of color
The color vibrancy that these new Windows 10 designs are bringing to the table indeed outshine Microsoft’s outdated icons, but there are still others that are yet due for a change. The old icon for WinDirStat (disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup) represented by a tree, for example, is still the same. Nevertheless, it is safe to expect that more of the OS’ icons will receive updates before the Windows 10 Sun Valley’s official launch, fulfilling its vision to maintain consistency in design.
Users can anticipate added Fluent Design, true dark mode, rounded corners, and an array of other features to appear on the updated desktop. With Microsoft also contemplating on a floating design for its flyouts, Start Menu, Action Center, and taskbar jump list menu, the upcoming Windows 10 update might just take on a surprisingly fresh look.
Now that a whole bunch (if not all) of Windows’ 95-era icons are about to become a distant and nostalgic thing of the past, it might seem a bit strange. Nonetheless, it’s hard to argue that these aged designs haven’t been due for a proper touch-up. To celebrate the oncoming Windows 10 newness, Microsoft users may want to appreciate these new icons on some of the brand’s most modern-feeling products, like the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 or the Microsoft Surface Go 2.