Windows 10 roadmap reveals how WinUI 3 will transform the look

Windows 10 WinUI 3

Microsoft has been testing WinUI 3 for a while now and new

elements were recently spotted in preview builds or app mockup
screenshots. While the firm talked about the WinUI refresh
last year, a new roadmap on Github provides further insight
into the future of Windows 10 and WinUI.

According to
Microsoft, the focus for initial releases of WinUI is
desktop Win32 only. Xbox, among other devices (including
Windows 10X), is a separate line on the roadmap coming later.

However, new controls are still being developed, supported, and
shipped for older versions of WinUI. In March 2021, Microsoft
is planning to enable support for WinUI 3 in Windows 10 version
1809 or above, so that developers can build apps with same
experience for multiple OS versions.

Alarms app
New Alarms app with rounded corners

There are plans to enable rounded corners for top-level OS
components too. This includes app windows, pop-up and other
menus. However, this won’t happen until at least the end of the
year.

With WinUI 3, Microsoft is also planning to enable support for
the following features in Windows 10 apps:

  • Animated Gif support
  • New Media Controls.
  • Rounded corners.

Microsoft says that it says WinUI as a means of unifying the
design and consistency to ensure that the interface looks
subtle. In addition to rounded corners, WinUI 3 for Windows 10
enables the transition from flat, boring and monochromatic
experience to rounded, colourful and bright UI.

WinUI won’t move away from familiar Windows UI and it will also
improve the existing Fluent Design language to main consistency
and animations whilst modernizing the design with rounded
corners.

WinUI is also going to play an important role in the
development of Windows 10 Sun Valley ’21H2′ update, which is
still under internal testing. Based on references spotted in
preview builds, Microsoft is already considering WinUI
components for Start Menu and taskbar to create a floating UI
experience.

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