Microsoft has been steadily facelifting its entire icon set to
prepare the apps for Windows Core OS. The company has already
updated Office apps icons for some users, and now it’s the turn
of the other Windows 10 core apps to receive a new icon.
In December 2019, Microsoft unveiled a range of icons for
various Windows, Android and iOS apps such as the Edge browser.
Unlike the current Windows 10 icons, the new ones have got
colours, subtle finishes and materials to give Windows a new
Microsoft is now rolling out Windows 10’s updated icons to
testers enrolled in the Windows Insider program. In the coming
weeks, you can expect the new icons to show up on your
non-Insider machines as well.
The new icons follow Fluent Design principle and it is part of
Microsoft’s plan to modernize the look of Windows.
Microsoft is currently testing colourful icons for the
- Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Excel.
- Mail & Calendar
- Alarms & Clock
- Voice Recorder
- Groove Music
- Movies & TV
In a future update, Microsoft will also introduce the new icons
for Maps and People app.
Users need to update apps like Calculator, Voice Recover, Mail
& Calendar, and Groove Music in the Microsoft Store to see the
changes. After applying the Store updates, you’ll notice the
new icons in the Start menu, taskbar, and the splash screen.
It appears that the whole rollout takes place in stages and
you’ll see the modern icons in the coming hours if you’re part
of Microsoft’s Insider program. For non-Insiders, Microsoft is
expected to release new icons to complete the entire pack
makeover next month.
These new icons have leaked online several times and Microsoft
originally designed the colourful icons for Windows 10X only,
which has a new icon-based Start menu layout.