Microsoft hints at a big Windows 10 upgrade with visual revamp

Windows 10 UI upgrade

We all know that the Windows 10 21H2 ‘Sun Valley’ Update is
going to be a big deal for the operating system, but now –
after Microsoft published new documentation  – we finally
have an official confirmation.

According to numerous rumours, Windows 10’s desktop interface
will get an all-new look with Sun Valley update in 2021.
Microsoft is also said to be working on ‘big’ improvements for
the Start Menu, Action Center, Taskbar, and Windows apps.

In a new job listing spotted by us, Microsoft has confirmed
that Windows is making a comeback in the consumer market with a
“sweeping” visual revamp.

As you may be aware, the last several updates of Windows 10
have been very business-focused and boring. With Sun Valley
update, Microsoft wants to ensure that Windows is considered
the best operating system for consumers.

“On this team, you’ll work with our key platform, Surface, and
OEM partners to orchestrate and deliver a sweeping visual
rejuvenation of Windows experiences to signal to our customers
that Windows is BACK and ensure that Windows is considered the
best user OS experience for customers,” Microsoft noted in a
job
listing published in October 2020.

Microsoft isn’t yet ready to discuss the specifics, but the
tech giant clarified that it intends to “build delightful,
polished, iconic experiences for the future of Windows”.

Windows 10 context menu
Context menu concept by Microsoft

Microsoft has been working hard to ensure that Windows 10’s big
upgrade blends in with other aesthetic changes the company has
brought to its product lineup. Over the past few months, the

software maker added WinUI-related features to the operating
system to facilitate the upcoming design improvements.

Beta testing the Windows 10 Sun Valley update

In software development, and especially Windows development
cycle, there’s a point where developers and Insiders test the
preview software, before letting normal users try it.

According to sources, Windows 10 21H2 (Sun Valley) update may
finally be reaching this “testing” stage and preview builds
with minor UI improvements could be released by the end of
February.

Following Microsoft’s usual development and testing stage,
Insider builds should be the last stage of testing before
reaching the public. If the final public beta testing goes
well, we’re expecting Microsoft to sign off the RTM candidate
during the summer and move forward with bringing the Sun Valley
update to users sooner rather than later.

Update: Microsoft has quietly edited the job listing to remove
references to “sweeping” visual revamp and other big promises.

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