Microsoft plans to create a “comprehensive visual rejuvenation for Windows” designed to inform Windows operating system users that “Windows is back.” This information came about thanks to a recent vacancy from Microsoft for a software engineering role on the Windows Core User Experiences team.
The posting read, “On this team, our core platform for managing and delivering a comprehensive visual refresh of Windows experiences to inform our customers that Windows is BACK and ensure Windows is considered the best user operating system experience for customers. You work with our Surface and OEM partners. “
Microsoft quietly removed all references to this “expanded visual rejuvenation” this morning after several Windows enthusiasts spotted the vacancy over the weekend. While Microsoft has been promising visual revisions to Windows 10 with its Fluent Design system for years, rumors suggest the company is planning major UI changes for Windows to be released later this year.
Microsoft Windows will revise interface elements
Windows Central first reported these user interface changes last October, code-named Sun Valley. The company plans to overhaul the operating system to modernize the Start menu, file explorer and built-in applications in Windows 10 and make the user interface more consistent. Some user interface changes; It includes sliders, buttons and controls found all over Windows as well as updates to apps running on the operating system.
Additionally, Microsoft is working to improve the Tablet mode experience, particularly the way devices like the company’s Surface series switch between mouse / trackpad use and touch-based interactions.
Microsoft has been working on improving user interface consistency in Windows for the past few years. We will see most of these with Windows 10X. The company also introduced new Windows 10 icons about a year ago and made some minor changes to the Start menu a few months later.
All of these works come at a time when Microsoft is pointing out that interest in Windows is on the rise again. Surface chief Panos Panay also assumed the lead of Windows in October, after drawing signs of some additional Windows 10 UI changes last year. After a leap in Windows usage due to the pandemic, Microsoft believes it is more than ever ready to deliver the user interface refresh it has been promising for the operating system for years.