Microsoft planning big redesign for its Windows 10 icons

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Last week Microsoft unveiled some new icon designs for Office 365, but the company isn’t stopping there, with a significant overhaul to the look of Windows 10 also in the works.

This according to a recent Medium blog post by Microsoft’s head of office design, Jon Friedman, who also shared a handful of rendered images teasing what some of the new icons will look like.

Friedman notes that the icons for Windows had their last notable update in 2013, which means that a change is certainly in order.

As for what prompts this most recent redesign, Friedman says that the way that people work with and interact on the Windows 10 platform has changed fundamentally over the past five years.

“Over 1 billion people from vastly different industries, geographies, and generations use Office. They work on different platforms and devices and in environments that are faster, more distracting, and more connected than ever before,” writes Friedman.

“To support this changing world of work, Office is transforming into a collaborative suite that lets you work together in real-time from almost any device. We’ve infused our tools with powerful AI: you can get insights from data with less effort, write a paper using your voice, or make your resume using LinkedIn insights. We’ve also added totally new apps to the suite like our AI-powered meetings and chat service, Microsoft Teams,” he enthuses.

Another part of the reason for the massive overhaul is the fact that a large number of Windows applications still featuring the same icons that they have for the past 10 years. As such updating everything for a unified, cross-platform design language makes a lot of sense.

That said, it’s unclear whether it is simply the icons that are getting the redesign, or the fundamental design language of Windows 10 too.

Also unknown at this stage is when Microsoft plans to implement the change, with no date mentioned for now.

Nevertheless Windows 10 users have something to look forward to.

“In the end, it’s great design that makes these experiences fluid and seamless,” concludes Friedman.

[Images – Medium]

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.