Windows 10’s new Start Menu vs old Start Menu: What’s changed?

Windows 10 Start Menu review

Earlier this year,
Microsoft introduced a new iconography design for Windows
10 that features a colourful and vibrant look.

As part of the new design makeover, Live Tiles will be fading
into the background, and new icons would be front and center as
opposed to the current monochrome design we have. With
Windows 10 version 20H2 update, we’re finally getting a more
unified Start Menu experience.

This update would introduce a fluent-based theme for the Start
Menu as opposed to the current design with the bright
colours that aren’t consistent with its Fluent Design System.

Currently, we have a Start Menu with large coloured squares
(live tiles) that aren’t consistent with its Fluent Design
System and Windows 10’s dark or light theme.

As you can see in our before-and-after demonstration, Microsoft
has replaced the coloured tiles with translucent squares and
rectangles with icons inside.

The changes are visible even if you don’t pay close attention
to the live tiles. The chaotic coloured squares are gone and
Microsoft’s new update provides a visually unified design for
the Start Menu.

Microsoft has also confirmed that this change will offer better
support for system-wide light and dark modes.

Windows Start Menu

Fluent Design icons for apps like Edge, Films & TV, and Excel
are no longer overshadowed by dominant accent colours. Without
those chaotic colours, each app’s icon stands out and the
interface is more consistent.

The future of Windows 10’s Start Menu and Live Tiles

Microsoft is exploring ways to make the icons pop and match the
theme preference of Windows 10. Currently, Microsoft plans to
continue supporting Live Tiles, but as I reported earlier this
year,
Microsoft is slowly making its way towards the death of live
tiles.

It’s likely that Windows 10’s Start Menu might soon look a lot
like the new
Windows 10X Start Menu ‘Launcher’. While technically it’s
possible to swap out the old Start menu with Windows 10X’s
Launcher, Microsoft is not ready to do that just yet.

This is because Microsoft currently plans to wait for the
feedback from the early adopters of Windows 10X, which means
the company’s modular OS will determine the future of the Start
Menu.

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