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Windows 10 redesign: Major update to transform look of computer software this week

The operating system is going to look cleaner and more modern

Aatif Sulleyman
Wednesday 18 October 2017 11:34 BST
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Windows 10 is in line for a major redesign this week.

Computers running the software will receive an update from tomorrow, which will transform the look and feel of Windows.

Microsoft wants to modernise its operating system, and the company has decided to ring in the changes with Fluent Design.

A teaser video just released by Microsoft shows that the company is on the verge of ditching several classic features.

The clip suggests that window borders are being ditched, the title bar is being made much more compact and the minimise, restore/maximise and close buttons are being simplified.

It’s a minimalist new user interface, which looks clean and uncluttered.

Microsoft announced Fluent Design, which was previously known as Project Neon, earlier this year.

“Fluent Design will deliver intuitive, harmonious, responsive and inclusive cross-device experiences and interactions,” said Terry Myerson, the executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and devices group, back in May.

“For developers, Fluent Design is built to help you create more expressive and engaging apps that work across a wide range of device and input diversity.”

One of its key missions is to make the Windows experience consistent across a range of different devices, including computers, tablets and mixed reality headsets.

Microsoft says users should expect to see less static boxes and more animations, and says it has focused on a range of abstract “fundamentals” for Fluent Design: light, depth, motion, material and scale.

The first changes will appear with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update – which will start rolling out to users tomorrow – but lots more will come to the operating system over time.

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