Redstone 3 Preview: Design Language, Animations and More

Posted on April 6, 2017 by Brad Sams in Windows 10 with 132 Comments

Later this year, Microsoft will be releasing a large update to Windows 10 currently known as Redstone 3. This update is expected to have more features and enhancements when compared to what Redstone 2 (Creators update) delivered which includes the UI being revamped.

We have already seen a few concepts from Microsoft that show the general direction the company is headed and I have managed to get my hands on a few more videos that show the animations coming with this update too. Keep in mind these are still an early view of what Redstone 3 should bring to the table but know that features and animations may change or be cut before release.

First up is the updated Mail app for Windows 10 that shows off a refreshed design with a softer highlight animation when hovering over an item. This image is not the final version of what the Mail app will look like as there is a significant amount of unused space (above the inbox area) but it provides a good look at the direction the application is headed when designed around Neon principles.

Further, the minimize and maximize buttons are more integrated into the app experience. I’m not sure if this is because this is still a concept but it may be an idea the company is exploring.

In the Groove app (to the right), we can see more of the Neon design language being shown off. If you look at the portrait of Kakoi as the window is being moved, the image is subtly moving around inside that profile window; it’s a small effect that some may like, especially if you are a fan of parallax websites.

You can also see in the Groove app the consistency in the designs between it and the mail app with a single toned navigation panel and the content area being a slightly different shade of the navigation area.

When it comes to the touch interface, here is a small glimpse at what the tablet UI may look like after being updated to support the Neon style. The soft splash animations when tapped adds a subtle layer of polish to interacting with content on the screen.

And finally, we know that placeholders are expected to return with Redstone 3, the image you see to the right may be what the company is using to represent the files that are still in the cloud. The feature may be called on-demand files when it is released later this year.

Microsoft will likely reveal much more about Redstone 3 at its Build conference which takes place in mid-may. For now, know that this update is shaping up to be much more substantial than the Creators update.

Aside from visual updates, there is a lot more going on under the hood as well. Once I am able to fully digest and verify those fun bits, I’ll be sure to pass them along.

 

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  56. adamjarvis

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  58. prettyconfusd

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    I think we're all fine with desktop apps looking out of place with this because there's no way to sort them out at this stage.


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  61. rameshthanikodi

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    I'm also a little saddened to see that Metro didn't work out. I was hoping the flat design would work on Windows 10, but from what I can see now, it isn't serving app designers well enough. Something more robust is needed.


    I also hope that project NEON isn't just a Windows 10 thing, it needs to be a holistic universal design language the same way Metro aspired to be. Metro actually changed design/branding for the whole of Microsoft - even the Microsoft logo. So i'm hoping to see NEON applied to Office, Outlook.com, Skype, and all of Microsoft's web properties.

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      I'm always surprised this comes up in posts like this, unless you're joking?


      Microsoft have many people working across lots of different departments working on different things. Like in every business, perhaps even one you work in. Therefore, the people working on the Outlook app for Android are not, repeat: not, the same people working on UI/UX concepts. In fact, it's doubtful that any developers that work on features rather than design are involved at all, and nor will they be throughout the entire process.


      As for "cosmetic crap", literally everything you've ever used and looked at was designed by someone. Shockingly, everything doesn't just appear fully formed in the world for you to dismiss out of hand. ;)


      But I'm sure you knew all that and were just joking, so moving along... :)

      • skane2600

        In reply to prettyconfusd:

        It's not an issue of having different groups within a company working on different things. It's about limited resources and priorities. I don't care about MS Android apps in particular, but I just wanted to point out that priorities matter.


        As far as "cosmetic crap" is concerned it's a question of balance. Cosmetic designs in recent years have actually diminished usability in favor of some artistic aesthetic that will change periodically like the length of women's skirts.

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        Thank you, Captain Obvious. :-)


        But the contacts bug in Outlook for Android is so egregioius it makes the ENTIRE Microsoft experience on Android painful. So yeah, I'll keep harping on it every.single.chance.I.get.


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  66. Waethorn

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    Let's see what kind of performance hit this puts on GPU's as well as the resultant battery loss.


    It looks to me that Microsoft has decided that these kinds problems aren't a big deal, since Windows has been a flop on tablets and phones.


    Funny that this comes out only a day after Ubuntu says Convergence is dead. I think this is a quiet admittance by Microsoft, stating that they have to make Windows as attractive as possible on desktop and premium laptop PC's, because that's the only market they have left.

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      But... you do realize both iOS and Android have these kinds of animations, right? I'm glad to see Microsoft being competitive with the design of the OS again.

      • Waethorn

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        No, Android does not. I can confidently say that, having a Nexus 5X and an LG V20. I haven't seen this on an iPhone either. Maybe on a 7, but I don't see hardly any customers that have upgraded.

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    I imagine that the inset minimize/restore/maximize buttons is to keep them away from the edge of the screen on tablets. I've had a few experiences where handling a tablet had me accidentally close an application because of that.

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      In reply to TallITGuy:

      This is a very simple example of how there's really no such thing as a optimized Universal UI. The buttons will be just a little bit harder to find but will prevent closing accidents on tablets. It's a reasonable compromise (at least if you believe Windows tablets matter) but it's a compromise nonetheless.

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        In reply to skane2600:

        I agree, but shouldn't the OS be smart enough to increase the size of touch targets and spacing when in tablet mode?

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          There's an inherent conflict in an attempt at a cross-platform OS or app. Should the behavior and layout be the same on all devices for the sake of consistency or should the OS give the best experience on each platform? Sometimes "controls" on different platforms shouldn't just be resized or spaced differently but be entirely different. What is best is often different when using a mouse than when using a finger.

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      Stop it with this bullshit. Function and form are not mutually exclusive. When you consider touch, design is even more important - essential, even. Good design also drives demand. Improvement of UI is also improvement of functionality - UI is a function in itself.

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        How's that bullshit. We all both asking for a well thought design Windows, and what he's saying is not just by the looks, but also on how it works. That's UX design.


        I agree we him, yea apps could indeed look more amazing and leaner after this because obviously this will not include a 1.0 complete real design language Windows 10 lacks from devs since day 1. But those HoloLens styled glancing type of hover/spotlight animations, I'm telling you my eyes rolled so hard on that. And hey, that could be much GPU intensive that it should be. Now that's bullshit that you're talking about


        He's probably talking about implementations as a whole, no one talks and notice this much, but we all probably all felt it, Windows never just works. And Microsoft almost with all their incompetence with making their OS and platform just works, cost them so much even the their Mobile vision and efforts too, Microsoft still runs the culture of troubleshooting, yea because they still benefit on that, they even kickstart IT industry because Windows never just works, it need people to somewhat make things right for all that 400 million PCs that run the world.


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          In reply to mancerrss:

          Appearance and UI are not the same. macOS has gone through several changes to the appearance. Several minor and one very major. The UI has undergone only evolutionary changes.

          Windows XP was 95% a reskin of 2000, but the Start panel was new UI.

  80. Siv

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  81. mksh

    The blur & parallax seems promising. The "spotlight" effect, however, feels very kitschy and outdated at first sight. To be perfectly honest, the post leaves me more worried than enthusiast.


    What Windows 10 needs is subtle refinement, not an archaic overlay of pseudo-eye candy. I don't know, the edges of a live-tile could slowly round off when passing over (or when clicking). The rest of an app could slightly blur out when approaching the "close" button, or a search bar. Taskbar items could bring up subtly animated "preview" balloons when hoovering over your mouse - make date&time show your next appointment, the action centre your last notification, the start menu the on/off button, settings and explorer button. Slow enough to not bother when passing over but fast enough to be useful.


    Animation should be in function of an idea, a functionality. People are perfectly capable of finding a link without the equivalent of a huge shining arrow in flashing neon (forgive the pun). Damn, I'm really shocked with the "spotlight" effect. Responsiveness doesn't mean adding a fun fair of effects. Responsiveness is the OS anticipating on your decisions and subtlety giving feedback, subtlety guiding you trough the transition of one activity to another. Either by creating a better hierarchy of information ( both parallax and blur are techniques that can have sense in the aspect ), or by adding relevant details ( the "preview" effect ), or simply by animating a decision, giving you the possibility to undo a mistake before actually making it ( iOS used to slowly blur out your app page when sliding to the search tab - subtly telling you "attention, you're going to another type of page, are you sure this is what you wanted?" ).


    And another thing : what's this fascination of Microsoft with outlines ? Windows 10 design language is relatively well proportioned, until you come by a search box (huge outline) or any other onmouseover-effect ( hoovering your mouse over a W10 tile makes an outline come up). Honestly, it's the kind of stuff that came with the first generation of responsive websites. User interaction has been enormously refined since, people have come up with plenty of animations that make sense in terms of information flow, instead of looking like a flash website ...

    • Fuller1754

      In reply to mksh: I kind of agree about the spotlighting. But this is just an early leak. I remember one of the W10 preview builds had these really emphasized maximize/minimize animations. They toned them down again for the final release.


    • mgm

      In reply to mksh:

      I agree, the spotlight effect will go out of date really quickly. It seems to be highlighting the dividers between the items more than the actual items themselves.

      mgm


  82. brettscoast

    Redstone 3 does indeed look far more interesting than the creator's update. Great news about placeholders the changes to Groove look interesting and i am hoping that Microsoft can flesh this app out more. Neon looks interesting.

  83. bedanta

    Awesome blog post. I recently wrote about Google Search Console. Well how many of you want to read it? Here's the