Microsoft shows off its concept for Windows 10’s new Start Menu

Windows 10 appears to be in the process of design overhaul with
modern icons, improved Start Menu, and more Fluent Design
goodness.

Windows 10 has officially received the new modern icons and the
company has released a video in celebration of this milestone.
In the same video, Microsoft is also showing off the changes
coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu interface.

It shows off the new Start menu with flashy animations along
with other improvements to the operating system.

A popup posted to Microsoft’s Tips & Tricks page recently
suggested that
Microsoft will smooth out the corners of Start Menu tiles
and get rid of the sharp edges. Now, it appears that Microsoft
is exploring another aesthetic update for the Start Menu,
according to a new concept posted by Microsoft’s design group.

Start Menu concept

In a new GIF (embedded above), Microsoft showed off a concept
of what the Start Menu could look like if Fluent Design’s
flashy rainbow effects were implemented around the Live Tiles.

This new official concept also uses Microsoft’s new icons and
another design of the Start Menu features a slight drop shadow
effect that helps the icons pop.

Start Menu second concept

In addition, Microsoft has also teased a new icon for
notifications (Action Center) button on the taskbar.

Notifications icon

It’s worth noting that these are official concepts from
Microsoft’s designers and this Start Menu isn’t intended to be
a final product. At the moment, Microsoft is exploring design
ideas for Start Menu for making the new icons fit better with
the tile interface on Windows 10.

One of the explorations includes implementing flashy rainbow
effect behind the transparent tiles on light or dark mode.

Microsoft has already started rolling out the
theme-aware Start Menu that allows Live Tile
backgrounds to match your Windows 10 theme of choice (light or
dark). We could possibly see more improvements for Start Menu
sometime in 2021.

While these updates are subtle, it’s part of Microsoft plan to
add an attractive interface that better utilizes Fluent design
language.

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