Windows 10’s New Design Language Shown Off In Concept Image

Microsoft is working on a new design language for Windows 10 that is currently called Neon. While we don’t know exactly when this refreshed UI will make its way to the shipping builds of Windows 10, it is believed, at this time, that it is part of Redstone 3 which should arrive later this year.

Yesterday, Microsoft hosted a developer live stream where the company showed off all the new features in the Creators update for developers and during the session, the company briefly showed off a concept image of Neon but it had an overlay highlighting information from the live stream which made it hard to see. Fortunately, Tom Hounsell was able to dig out the image that you see in this post that gives us the best look yet at Neon and the changes it will bring when it arrives.

First, it’s important to note that this is a concept image, we saw similar types of images before Windows 10 launched and this should not be taken as a direct reflection of what Microsoft will be building.

The image shows off an updated taskbar and an overhauled Groove app; it’s worth pointing out that the app now has a borderless edge and that the search box is now longer boxed. Aside from that, you can see updated playback controls as well.

The taskbar looks set for an update as well with the company toying with the idea of allowing you to have a white taskbar with black icons. The system tray has also been cleaned up a bit and only shows the date and time but no system tray icons.

Consider this an early look at what Neon will be bringing to Windows 10 when it arrives later this year. As far as we know now, there aren’t any major changes but simply just a refresh of the main components of the OS.

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  • 399

    Premium Member
    09 February, 2017 - 8:13 am

    <p>I’m not convinced by the lack of a title bar. That can’t be great for accessibility.</p>

    • 5234

      09 February, 2017 - 11:14 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#41745">In reply to </a><a href="../../../users/maethorechannen">maethorechannen</a><a href="#41745">:</a></em></blockquote>
      <p>Screen readers would have a hard time identifying windows.</p>

      • 1377

        Premium Member
        09 February, 2017 - 5:03 pm

        <p><em><a href="#41765">In reply to </a><a href="../../../users/Waethorn">Waethorn</a><a href="#41765">:</a></em></p>
        <p>Not if there were still windows captions and still available system calls to iterate through foreground windows reading those captions. Even if captions went away, there may still be the ability to access the filename of the program running in every foreground window.</p>

      • 399

        Premium Member
        10 February, 2017 - 5:29 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#41765">In reply to </a><a href="../../../users/Waethorn">Waethorn</a><a href="#41765">:</a></em></blockquote>
        <p>And people who can see but might have issues with contrast (though not enough to need high contrast mode if there’s a title bar).</p>
        <p>I feel like we keep seeing the same UI mistakes over and over again.</p>

    • 1412

      10 February, 2017 - 12:46 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#41745">In reply to </a><a href="../../../users/maethorechannen">maethorechannen</a><a href="#41745">:</a></em></blockquote>
      <p>I guess, I imagine that’s why Windows supports Accessibility and Compliance Section&nbsp;508. You know, and allowing users to adjust the display setting based on individual preferences, because, well, we’re all different in some way.</p>
      <p>Yeah …yeah.</p>

  • 127

    Premium Member
    09 February, 2017 - 8:16 am

    <p>Not having brought over all the ‘legacy control panel&nbsp;components’ to the Metro interface, yet already updating the design language. This will go down well :)</p>

    • 6242

      Premium Member
      09 February, 2017 - 12:39 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#41746">In reply to </a><a href="../../../users/Bart">Bart</a><a href="#41746">:</a></em></blockquote>
      <p>Most likely different dev teams with different objectives.&nbsp;Pretty sure that the legacy&nbsp;control&nbsp;panel migration is not being delayed as a result of another teams UX&nbsp;design project…</p>

  • 421

    Premium Member
    09 February, 2017 - 9:02 am

    <p>The Taskbar / System Tray look like they could be from an extended monitor instead of the primary. You get the same "missing" tray icons in v1607 on all your extended monitors today.</p>

  • 2371

    09 February, 2017 - 10:37 am

    <p>Great that they are refining the UI, bad when they make functionality such as search boxes (Groove)&nbsp;or address bar (Edge) hard to find or basically invisible.&nbsp; For example, my mom hates Edge because she cannot find the address bar and cannot remember where the favorites are (new icon that does not represent the word favorites is not helpful).</p>

  • 2611

    Premium Member
    09 February, 2017 - 10:38 am

    <p>Looks nice, but does UWP matter anymore outside of Microsoft?&nbsp; They should call the new UI Zune.</p>

  • 217

    09 February, 2017 - 11:21 am

    <p>They should strive for UI consistency before a new design language. If my company’s software was that inconsistent I’d be out of a job</p>

  • 699

    09 February, 2017 - 11:40 am

    <p>I love it! Bring on Neon! 😀 Simple, elegant, professional, nice. They should give us a choice to use this, as well as other, Desktop Customizations, it should all be left up to the user. No "one size fits all" as far as Desktops go!</p>

  • 1956

    Premium Member
    09 February, 2017 - 11:56 am

    <p>Only thing I DON’T like about this internal concept is that fat padding between the top of the Groove window and the close/shrink/minimize buttons. So much wasted space.</p>

  • 5394

    09 February, 2017 - 12:20 pm

    <p>Still too much white space. The controls drawn as White outlines are way too subtle. This isn’t good enough. They should give people a choice of either a more traditional PC look, a touch version, or Neon.</p>

    • 6242

      Premium Member
      09 February, 2017 - 12:42 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#41788">In reply to </a><a href="../../../users/glenn8878">glenn8878</a><a href="#41788">:</a></em></blockquote>
      <p>Rome was not built in a day. Windows 10 is shaping up beautifully at this point. My wife was&nbsp;complaining to me last night about how "unfriendly/unintuitive’&nbsp;iOS is on her 7s…. Keep suggesting improvements but try to recognize how good we have it already.&nbsp;</p>

  • 2525

    Premium Member
    09 February, 2017 - 4:26 pm

    <p>Tsk Tsk.&nbsp;</p>
    <p>It’s notification area, not system tray.&nbsp;</p&gt;
    <p>Nit picked! :)&nbsp;</p>
    <p>Looks like rs3 will also be a pretty big release. I’m hoping the deployment goes more smoothly than rs1.&nbsp;</p>

  • 1377

    Premium Member
    09 February, 2017 - 5:07 pm

    <p>Gee black outline icons on a light background. Someone must have seen LibreOffice with its Sifr icon theme.</p>
    <p>Date looks odd, May 25. Does the screen shot come from 9 months ago?</p>

  • 2068

    09 February, 2017 - 7:02 pm

    <p>If they could add back in Aero glass that would be great</p>

  • 5485

    10 February, 2017 - 7:52 am

    <p>It looks good, but will it bend?</p>

  • Fuller1754

    09 May, 2017 - 11:50 pm

    <p>Light taskbar with black icons … yes, please.</p>


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