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Microsoft on Thursday took the wraps off its new Fluent Design System for Windows during day two of the Microsoft Build Conference. Fluent is a set of design elements that will start appearing across all of the company’s products and devices. It is the successor to the Metro interface, which appeared with its “live tiles” on Windows 8, Xbox One, and Windows Phone.
The new design language focuses on five key areas: light, depth, motion, material, and scale. The VP of Windows Developer Platform at Microsoft told TechCrunch that the company wanted to build a system that would help developers write more “delightful” applications with layers and animation. The design system works in both 2D and 3D, which means we should expect to see some of the same elements in future HoloLens interfaces and applications.
Early impressions seem positive. A number of people have taken to social media to voice their excitement on the redesign:
Fluent Design is so beautiful. Windows is gonna look sooooo much better in the future. And good guidelines for developers! #MSBuild— Michael (@itsmichaelwest) May 11, 2017
Fluent design versions of the Startmenu, Mail, One Note and Groove look so promising. Windows 10 is going to look hell a lot better.— Eshwar Nag (@eshwarnag) May 11, 2017
The new design language will slowly start showing up across Microsoft platforms in the next couple of years. A few Windows 10 apps are already updated with the new look, but you’ll probably have to wait for the next Fall Creators update before it takes off.
Phillip Tracy is a former technology staff writer at the Daily Dot. He's an expert on smartphones, social media trends, and gadgets. He previously reported on IoT and telecom for RCR Wireless News and contributed to NewBay Media magazine. He now writes for Laptop magazine.