Windows 10 is finally getting dark theme improvements in new update

Windows 10 light mode

The dark mode phenomenon continues to spread through websites
and apps on all platforms – and Microsoft also remains
committed to the dark theme. With Build 20211 for Insiders,
Microsoft appears to be testing a new dark mode update for
Windows 10 to improve the UI consistency.

For anyone with the beta preview builds installed, there’s a
nice treat available now: dark mode in Windows Search.

Windows 10 preview update brings a dark mode that applies a
black background to the Windows Search, user menus within the
search interface, and Bing-powered web search pages. The pop-up
open/uninstall dialogs are also dark.

This dark theme for Windows Search is meant to match Windows
10’s black taskbar and theme-aware Start Menu.

Windows Search dark mode

You’ll be able to apply the new dark theme in Windows Search by
going to Settings > Personalization > Colors and then
selecting the ‘Dark’ option.

More than this,
Microsoft also appears to be internally testing rounded
corners and other improvements for Windows 10’s design. The
goal is to fix the consistency issues with Windows 10’s
interface and add a dark mode where it’s missing currently.

Windows Search dark results

However, Microsoft’s mission to apply a dark theme to other
areas is much more difficult than one would expect.

Microsoft is currently unable to update all the dialogs, menus
and configurations page with dark theme support because it has
to work within “legacy UI frameworks”. For example, Dark Mode
is available for the File Explorer, but it’s currently missing
in the pop-up menus, such as the Properties tab.

WinUI is coming to Windows 10

WinUI, which is Microsoft’s next-generation user platform,

is also coming to the Start Menu and Action Center.

As we reported last month, a scan of the Microsoft Program
Database (PDB) files in Windows 10 Build 20197 shows that the
software giant is currently looking for a way to test the WinUI
on desktop.

In future, you can expect Microsoft to use UI components from
WinUI for Windows 10’s Start Menu and Action Center to improve
consistency across its entire ecosystem.

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