Today, Microsoft revealed that the Windows 10 Task Manager program’s redesigned icon is part of a user interface refresh coming in the forthcoming Sun Valley feature update.
In 2020, Microsoft declared that they are starting to rolling out some of the new Fluent system icons, supported in Windows, iOS, Android, and web applications.
The addition of color further offers a cohesive design language across various platforms: the icon that’s common in Windows 10 is the same on Android, iOS, and Mac, offering a wayfinding path across your digital life, Christina Koehn, Principal Design Director at Microsoft explained in a blog post.
With the release of today’s Windows 10 Preview build 21390, Microsoft has finally revealed the new Fluent icon for the very popular Windows 10 Task Manager utility, as shown below.
Besides Task Manager, Microsoft additionally revealed their new icon for Windows Install (MSI) files. In the below image, we have shown the difference between old and new MSI icons, the current MSI icon on the left, with the redesigned Fluent version on the right.
While Microsoft has gradually been rolling out these icons to the current version of Windows 10, they are part of an entire design refresh which is coming this summer as part of the Windows 10 Sun Valley feature update.
Being the part of the Sun Valley update, Windows 10 will be receiving new and fresh animations, rounded corners, and redesigned user interface elements, like the ListView, buttons, sliders, and toggle switches.
This feature update incorporates new Fluent-based Windows 10 system icons added to recent preview builds and new app icons which were priorly displayed by Microsoft.
In the midst of the Microsoft Build 2021 keynote speech, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella teased Windows users about the next version of Windows.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during his keynote stated that soon they will share one of the most notable updates of Windows of the past decade to unlock greater economic opportunity for developers and creators.
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