Microsoft shows off new design ideas for Windows 10 apps

Microsoft is taking the Windows 10 redesign seriously and the
company is now exploring improvements for the Store apps too.
Microsoft is considering a few new design changes that would
affect the way apps display
ListView, GridView, buttons and other elements in their
non-resting state (selected, on hover, etc.).

The
long-rumoured design upgrade has been keeping Microsoft
busy for quite some time now. We’ve already seen Fluent Design
in Windows 10 and new app icons for the Start Menu. In addition
to system-wide improvements, the tech giant is also bringing
new UIs to the XAML apps.

Microsoft’s proposed design also aims to implement rounded
corners for items, including the selection checkbox in
multi-select mode, toggle switch, rating bar, hover effect, and
more.

Windows 10 app toggle

The new design will bring XAML Windows apps on par with
existing web and mobile apps while “looking familiar on
Windows”, according to new documentation published by the software
giant.

Currently, XAML controls in Windows 10 are inconsistent with
how web and mobile apps are evolving. To address the
inconsistency, Microsoft is planning to change the default
appearance of the toggle switch, slider, and rating controls.

Windows 10 app sliders

There are plans to change the default appearance of various
button controls too.

The broad aim is to achieve more overall consistency across
Windows 10 as a whole, from PWAs to the various Windows Store
apps. The future Windows 10 may have rounded windows, buttons,
toggles, sliders, dialog boxes, ListView, GridView, selection
menu, etc.

In addition to rounded corners, these app areas also have other
Fluent Design effects when selected, hovered, or in any other
non-rest state.

For example, ListView items now have a tickmark identifier and
outer accent-colour border is now more visible.

It’s worth noting that this is a ‘proposal’ and it’s not in
development or testing stage, so there’s no guarantee whether
it will actually be finalized for use in Windows 10.

Flyout menus

According to documents seen by us, Microsoft also wants to
address user interface issue which causes the context menu to
grow in height when users unpin context menu items.

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