Microsoft app gets a brand new UI ahead of Windows 10 ‘Sun Valley’ refresh

Windows 10 Sun Valley refresh

Microsoft’s strategy for Windows 10 default apps has been a
disaster for years and some apps like Photos and Store are
plagued with various issues, but lately, the company has been
working to fix that.

According to reliable sources, Microsoft is working on new UI
features for Windows 10’s default apps, such as Microsoft
Photos and Mail & Calendar. Apparently, Microsoft’s Alarms &
Clock is the first app to receive Sun Valley-related UI
improvements in the production channel.

The new Alarms & Clock app experience was officially announced
in December but many users were a bit disappointed after
finding out that the new UI wouldn’t be available to all right
away.

Alarms

It appears that the initial deployment of the new app has been
completed, meaning it’s available now for all users. With
version 10.2101.28.0 of the app, Microsoft is now pushing the
new interface to everyone.

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As you can see in the above screenshot, Microsoft’s in-box
Alarm Clock app new UI is based on WinUI and Sun Valley update
mockup we’ve seen recently.

Alarms app

For some reasons, the new Alarms app is now using a combination
of rounded and sharp corners, but it’s likely that the
consistency issues will be addressed before the Sun Valley
refresh.

In addition to the UI changes, there’s a new “Edit” button at
the bottom to help you quickly manage the alarms, timers, etc.

The “edit and create” has also been redesigned with UI
improvements from the Sun Valley refresh. The menu is now more
compact and it comes with new animations, rounded corners, and
colours.

New Alarms app

The light theme has been refreshed too and it uses light grey
background instead of bright white.

To get the update, you need to visit the Microsoft Store and
check for updates. If you’re still not seeing the new
design on your devices, you may also need to apply the latest
cumulative update. Once that’s done, check for updates again or
wait another week.

New inbox apps experience

A job listing, which was spotted by us in January, confirmed
that
Microsoft is working on “best-in-class” apps for Windows 10
to replace poorly-designed default apps.

So far, only the Alarms & Clock app has received Sun Valley UI
refresh, but it’s possible that other apps will also get the
same treatment over the coming months.

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