Microsoft has been working on making its Chromium-based Edge
better than other Chromium browsers, such as Chrome, Vivaldi
Microsoft unveiled its new Fluent icons for Microsoft Edge
and other popular apps including Office suite. As part of the
design revamp, which Microsoft calls ‘Fluent Design’, a new
update for Microsoft Edge is in cards and it will more bring
Fluent UI elements.
The first step in the Fluent Design upgrade is the new
iconography, which is included in Microsoft Edge 88 and
available to everyone in all Insider channels.
The stable version should get the new Fluent icons in the
coming weeks and the company said that it’s actively
“incorporating Fluent Design into the new Microsoft Edge”.
“We’re actively exploring additional updates to incorporate
Fluent and can’t wait to share them with you in the near
future,” Microsoft noted.
It’s unclear when we will begin to see acrylic and other Fluent
UI effects in the Edge browser, but it won’t happen this month.
In addition, Microsoft believes that new iconography and
padding around the buttons will improve touch targeting.
Microsoft has focused more on smooth scrolling to improve
Edge’s experience on touch-enabled Windows products like the
Surface Pro lineup, but there are plans for interaction
improvements as well.
For example, Microsoft Edge team is looking into UX density,
drag and drop controls, and Windows 10 integration to create a
great plan for a browser with modern UI and touch controls.
“We know there is more work to make the experience truly great
for touch input and [we’re] working with our friends in Windows
to create a great plan going forward,” Microsoft Edge engineer
Microsoft Edge is expected to get new colors, icons, finishes,
rounded corners, buttons with increased padding, more scrolling
improvements, and a modern look on a range of devices, from
laptops and desktop to smartphones as well.
Microsoft Edge Fluent UI improvements for Android will arrive
after desktop release.