In the release notes of Windows 10 Build 17733, Microsoft
announced that the final version of the dark theme for File
Explorer is now ready as the company nears the
stabilization phase of the Redstone 5 update. The new and
improved File Explorer would become available to everyone with
the release of Redstone 5 in the fall of this year (probably
The designers have once again envisioned a new modern
version of File Explorer on Windows 10 and it looks good. The
conceptual File Explorer appears to provide a truly smooth
experience but there’s a lot of work to do until it can be
considered a good concept.
The entire look of conceptual File Explorer is based on a
design language that Microsoft itself released last year and it
also uses acrylic effect for the left sidebar and the title
Microsoft describes acrylic as a type of Brush that
creates a translucent texture which aims to establish a visual
In other news, Microsoft has confirmed that it has
finalized work on the File Explorer dark theme and it should
become available to everyone later this year. You can have a
look at the original version of File Explorer below.
“Thanks everyone for your feedback about the XAML shadows we
added recently. We’re taking them offline for the moment while
we work on addressing some of the things you shared with us.
You will also notice that the acrylic has been removed from
some popup controls. They will be back in a future flight,”
Dona Sarkar wrote in a blog.