Microsoft introduces a new icon design for Windows 10 apps. In the trial version "Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19569.1000" which started distribution on February 20, the standard mail and calendar will be updated with new icons.
The new icon is based on the design system "Fluent [fluent] Design System" introduced in Windows 10 in 2017. It has escaped from the "flat design" of Windows 8 / 8.1 generation and has been designed to have a three-dimensional appearance and texture.
Microsoft commented on the background of introducing this design system: "Flat and monochrome icons [of Windows 8 generation] are compatible with colorful tile designs, but if a variety of icon systems are involved, this approach needs to evolve There is. " In other words, the appearance of three-dimensional icons from a third-party app in a sleek flat design was bad looking and required a harmonious icon design.
In addition, the new design will be introduced not only in Windows 10, but also in Microsoft apps on Mac, iOS and Android. The point that these third-party OSs are designed as a design that is compatible with nature reflects the current situation where Microsoft is shifting the business axis from “ OS and office company '' to “ cloud service company '' I can say.
In any case, the icons of standard apps that have not changed since the release of Windows 10 in 2015 need to reflect the new generation of design trends, especially after Microsoft Office introduced the new design. The design divergence was remarkable. This means that the fusion has been realized with this icon renewal.
Microsoft plans to offer new icons for standard apps to registered Windows Insiders users over the coming months. Regular users will then see the new icon through the app update in the Microsoft Store.