26 March 2020
Last week, Microsoft announced that its operating system, Windows 10 had finally crossed a 1 billion installation mark and today, Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer has shared a video commemorating the success. The short video is actually a teaser to the new Start Menu UI alongside the journey of the Windows OS.
A glimpse of the new UI shows a simplistic approach that Microsoft has adopted this time. Also, there are no Live Tiles, something that was perceivable already. Earlier this month, it was reported that the Live Tiles feature will become an optional entity, meaning you can choose whether to keep them enabled or not.
Live Tiles, a holdover from Windows 8 has received much criticism also, so finally, it looks like the time has come when the users will be able to get rid of it completely.
The video also teases a modern take on the Windows File Explorer. The video presents some changes to the Windows icons that the company has been rolling out recently. Microsoft is already gradually updating the icons of built-in Windows 10 apps ahead of a bigger effort to modernize the OS with Windows 10X for dual-screen devices like the Surface Neo. Mail, Voice Recorder, Alarms & Clock, Movies & TV, Calculator, Groove Music, and Calendar are the first built-in apps to get new icons. Microsoft is also focusing on its Fluent Design system for a variety of mobile apps.