Windows 10’s desktop interface is set for a massive UI upgrade
that will begin shipping to consumers with Windows 10 21H2,
otherwise known as Cobalt update. The new user interface is
internally known as “Valley UI” and it will come with rounded
corners, thanks to the implementation of WinUI design.
The current plan is to release
Windows 10 21H1 feature update as another enablement
package and we’ll get Windows 10 version 21H2 in the second
half of the year with UI improvements.
For some mysterious reason,
Windows 10’s new UI mockup showed up in the company’s Tips
app last week. It shows in the Windows 10’s new rounded UI
that resembles Microsoft Edge UI and other Microsoft apps, such
as Calculator and Alarms app.
Over the weekend, all screenshots that featured the new Windows
10 layout were removed from the Tips app and replaced with
screenshots of the current look. In addition, Microsoft even
pulled the screenshots of Windows 10’s taskbar that featured
This move confirms that the mockups were indeed created by
Microsoft, but the tech giant is not yet ready to discuss the
This is not the first time we’ve seen screenshots of what the
future might look like for Windows 10. The UI of the operating
system won’t look radically different next year, but the
overall interface will change significantly with more rounded
corners and a touch of Fluent Design.
For example, as you can see in the above screenshot, Windows
Settings app would benefit from rounded edges. The window of
the app itself will look different, and Microsoft will show
more information under the “Check for updates”.
It’s important to
understand that these mockup screenshots doesn’t necessarily
mean Windows 10 will look like this. More changes might show up
again in an upcoming update to the Microsoft Tips app.
It’s also worth noting that
Microsoft will rebrand Tips app to “Learning Hub” with Windows
10X and Learning Hub will become beginner’s one-stop
destination for tips and tricks.