Windows 10’s Login Screen Gets a Touch of Fluent Design

Posted on September 13, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows 10 with 44 Comments

Yesterday, Microsoft released a new build of Windows 10 19H1 to Insiders in Skip Ahead…as soon as Apple’s big hardware event started. The new build came out while almost everyone was distracted by Apple’s new iPhones and Apple Watch.

But now that the Apple storm has quietened down, we can finally talk about the new 19H1 build, 18237. It brings only one new feature: acrylic in the sign-in screen. The wallpaper on the sign-in screen is now overlayed by an acrylic brush, which adds a background blur, improving the contrast. “The translucent texture of this transient surface helps you focus on the sign-in task by moving the actionable controls up in the visual hierarchy while maintaining their accessibility,” Microsoft said.

With the addition of the acrylic layer, the Windows 10 login screen looks much like the one on ChromeOS. The blur is an interesting addition for sure, though I feel like it’s a bit too excessive. Microsoft says the effect will help improve accessibility, though I assume the contrast would vary depending on the colors of your wallpaper on the back. I really hope Microsoft doesn’t bring the same effect to the lock screen, though. The Windows Spotlight wallpapers look absolutely gorgeous on the Windows lock screen, and the addition of acrylic will essentially ruin that.

In other, related news, Microsoft has rebranded the Microsoft Apps app on Android as “Your Phone Companion” to help eliminate any confusion amongst users. As the app is used to connect your Android device to your PC for the Your Phone experience, it makes more sense for it to be called “Your Phone Companion” instead of “Microsoft Apps”. Pretty obvious.

If you are an Insider in Skip Ahead, you can get the new build right away. If you had issues installing the build when it first came out, that was because Microsoft mistakenly flighted an encrypted release, though managed to fix it shortly after.

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Comments (44)

44 responses to “Windows 10’s Login Screen Gets a Touch of Fluent Design”

  1. dnationsr

    I had to install with a iso from wzor to get problem is my skip ahead won't stay on

  2. dnationsr

    and this serves what purpose ????..lmao

  3. Winner

    A touch of coherence might be next.

  4. wright_is

    No blur! It screws with my eyes! Just looking at the image above for a few seconds makes my right eye go funny.

    I can't watch the news, for example, where they blur out number plates or peoples faces, or TV shows where the logos on hats or t-shirts are blurred. If you can't show it on TV don't f'ing well film it in the first place!

    As to this, please, give us a way of disabling Acrylic!

    • Stocklone

      In reply to wright_is:

      Does a medical condition cause that reaction to blurred objects? I've never heard of anyone being affected like that. Not trying to be mean or anything. Just curious. If it is a medical condition, Microsoft should absolutely have a way to turn it off.

      • wright_is

        In reply to Stocklone:

        I have to wear glasses and my eyes are just very sensitive to anything that is out of focus, that the eye thinks should be in focus, my eyes then go into a sort of spasm, trying to make the image sharp.

        I've had to walk out of cinemas due to poorly focused projectors before now.

  5. colmob

    What I'd -really- like to see is MS fixing the bloody keyboard focus; every time I log in with the keyboard, the actual password field -looks- selected, but isn't, so I have to click it. It's maddening and really feels low-quality compared to every other system who have this right years ago.

  6. locust infested orchard inc

    Quote by Mehedi Hassan, "The new build came out while almost everyone was distracted by Apple's new iPhones and Apple Watch."

    I for one was not in the least interested in the next generation of iNotch, so the Acrylic layer addition on the login screen did not go unnoticed by me.

    That said, the iNotches in all their feeble glory shall further feed my appetite to further the cause of putting to shame these horrendous monstrosities with equally supercilious price tag.

  7. Rob_Wade

    Yeh, I try to disable all the fluent garbage. To me, it's ugly and annoying. I much prefer clean, easily read interfaces.

  8. hrlngrv

    If there's no way to disable this (I hate blur; I can take off my glasses and get all I want), then it'll be time for single-color login screen backgrounds.

  9. waethorn

    Looks like a direct copy of the Chrome OS login screen.

  10. zorb56

    Looks like the blur is too pronounced. Less is more.

  11. jumpingjackflash5

    The degree and color of acrylic blur should be changeable in Settings similarly as Windows 7/Vista Windows color could have been set in Control panel ...

  12. skane2600

    They could improve the contrast even more by simply removing the background image. I think the real purpose was just to show off fluent design.

  13. sevenacids

    So - now simply setting a different brush on a XAML control is considered a new feature? Wow. :)