Microsoft is planning a “sweeping visible rejuvenation of Home windows” that’s designed to sign to customers of the working system that “Home windows is BACK.” That’s in accordance with a job listing posted by Microsoft lately, promoting for a software program engineering function within the Home windows Core Consumer Experiences workforce:
“On this workforce, you’ll work with our key platform, Floor, and OEM companions to orchestrate and ship a sweeping visible rejuvenation of Home windows experiences to sign to our prospects that Home windows is BACK and be sure that Home windows is taken into account one of the best person OS expertise for patrons.”
Microsoft quietly eliminated references to this “sweeping visible rejuvenation” this morning, after a number of Home windows fanatics noticed the job itemizing over the weekend. Whereas Microsoft has been promising visible overhauls of Home windows 10 for years, because of its Fluent Design system, rumors recommend the corporate is planning massive person interface modifications for Home windows that can debut later this 12 months.
Codenamed Solar Valley, Windows Central first reported on these UI modifications again in October. Microsoft is planning to overtake the Begin menu, File Explorer, and built-in apps in Home windows 10 to modernize them and make the UI extra constant. A few of the UI modifications can even include updates to the sliders, buttons, and controls which can be discovered all through Home windows and the apps that run on the OS.
Microsoft can also be engaged on enhancing its pill mode expertise, significantly how units like the corporate’s Floor line swap between mouse / trackpad utilization and and touch-based interactions.
Microsoft has been engaged on enhancing its UI consistency all through Home windows in recent times, and a number of that can be found in Windows 10X. The corporate additionally rolled out new Windows 10 icons practically a 12 months in the past, adopted by some minor tweaks to the Start menu a number of months later.
All of this work comes as Microsoft has signaled a renewed interest in Windows. Floor chief Panos Panay took on the extra function of taking care of Home windows again in October, after beforehand teasing some additional Windows 10 UI changes final 12 months. After a jump in Windows usage as a result of pandemic, it appears like Microsoft may be extra prepared than ever to present its working system the UI polish it has been promising for years.