Windows 10 Sun Valley Update (version 21H2) is expected to
introduce new visual improvements for the operating system,
which includes new Fluent Design tweaks and there’ll be some
other visual updates as well, such as improved animations.
In Windows 10 21H2 preview builds, Microsoft has replaced the
classic “zoom” animation that’s been used for quite a while
with a new animation.
Microsoft has been regularly pushing preview builds with new
features and improvements. As revealed earlier this year, one
of the new features in the
Windows 10 21H2 update is a new animation for opening
Windows. The new animations occur when you close and open
the app windows, such as Run, Command Prompt, Explorer, etc.
In a new post to the Feedback Hub for system-wide animations,
Microsoft has confirmed that Windows
10 could get more animations in future.
“The feedback [for fluent animation] has been passed along to
the team. To start with, in our Dev Channel builds we have
updated the animation when launching an application,” Microsoft
Microsoft also noted that they’re looking for feedback from
testers and they’ve already enabled some changes and “more are
on the way”. “Please let us know if there are any specific
areas where you’d be interested in seeing more animations,”
Microsoft’s Jennifer Gentlement wrote in the Feedback Hub.
As you may be aware, Windows 10 animations were last updated in
2015 and new animations can be considered a small addition to
the operating system, but it adds a bit of polish to the
By using the same Fluent Design animations, Microsoft should be
able to make the operating system a bit more complete and
consumers do love this kind of stuff.
It also appears that the tech giant is planning to use the same
animations for both legacy and modern components. For example,
if a new animation comes to the Settings app, it will also
apply to the Control Panel. This will ensure that users have
the same animations everywhere to improve overall UI
Other cosmetic changes in Windows 10
In addition to new animations,
new icons were also added to Windows 10 and most users
liked Microsoft’s Fluent Design approach, so it’s likely that
new animations (if faster) will garner a positive response from
Microsoft is currently testing refreshed icons for nearly all
File Explorer folders, such as Documents, This PC, Pictures,
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