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Microsoft teases updated Windows 10 UI in 1bn video

by Mark Tyson on 20 March 2020, 15:11

Tags: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Windows 10

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At the beginning of the week HEXUS news watchers will have seen that Microsoft had finally edged beyond the 1bn active devices milestone. This was a very significant milestone, obviously, and Microsoft made it even more so by mispredicting that it would reach this point years earlier than it actually managed to do so.

Yesterday Microsoft's Chief Product Officer for Windows, Panos Panay, uploaded a celebratory video to Instagram, marking the Windows OS's advancement from Windows 1.0 to the present day. The video accidentally / on purpose (delete as applicable) went a little bit further than the present day however - at the end of the video is a glimpse at Windows 10 with new Fluent UI icons, and an updated Start Menu.

I've grabbed the Instagram video to embed above but its only 360p, sorry.

Checking through the above you will be able to catch a glimpse of things to come for Windows 10 but it is so fast paced liberal use of the space bar / pause button is recommended.

Perhaps the most striking difference that can easily be spotted is the new Start Menu. Out go the colourful blocky Live Tiles of old and in comes a more modern look which can still emphasise and update with content and which adapts deftly to light and dark modes in the OS.

In 10 days time Microsoft is planning to have an online event to unveil consumer subscriptions for its Microsoft 365 service. It is thought that this subscription product will include Office, Microsoft Teams, a password manager, and some general consumer-focused features. It might also be a platform to introduce these UI changes properly, unless it holds out until the digital-event only Build 2020 developers' conference in mid-May.

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I have noticed several Microsoft icons already changing
It looks like some Linux distros.
Nice. Good for Windows. But 1 billion is lagging as we know 3 billion devices run Java :)
Like the ‘vibe’ of the direction, almost reminds me of the old ‘white minimalist’ skins we used to stick on xp and windows 7 with things like rainmeter. Hopefully it will work better then the current light theme on windows 10 as that's really bad imo.

Hopefully they'll also finally include a native pdf thumbnailer so we don't need to install acrobat (and the fixes in some cases) just to get a pdf thumbnail…. iOS has been able to do this for ages now.
It looks like some Linux distros.

It would be nice if MS did something simular to linux to allow people to boot into a shell prompt and choose how resource heavy a desktop enviroment the user wants. some people like KDE some like XFCE for example. Theres alot of things in windows that most users completely ignore or try to disable as much as possible like Cortana.