As a part of “sweeping visual rejuvenation” planned for later this year, Microsoft is finally preparing to refresh its Windows 95-era icons. The software giant has been slowly improving the icons it uses in Windows 10. So, far it has redesigned File Explorer, folder, Recycle Bin, disk drive icons and more, The Verge reported.
Microsoft is preparing to redesign the icons from its Windows 95 days for the new updated Sun Valley version of the Windows 10 operating system. The tech giant has planned a “sweeping visual rejuvenation” for Windows 10 update which is expected later this year and has been slowly improving its icons, reports suggest.
WindowsLatest reports that Microsoft is completely redesigning icons from the Windows 95 era, and the new icons that will come are more in line with the visual language of Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Launcher. This change was spotted in the latest preview build of Windows 10, wherein a new set of modern icons were spotted for folders/ options/ buttons inside the Shell32.DLL main shell module.
According to The Verge, in March itself new icons were launched for documents, downloads, videos, music, recycle bin and other folders in File Explorer. Windows Latest has spotted new icons for the hibernation mode, networking, memory, floppy drives, and much more as part of the shell32.dll file in preview versions of Windows 10.
This DLL is a key part of the Windows Shell, which surfaces icons in a variety of dialog boxes throughout the operating system. It’s also a big reason why Windows icons have been so inconsistent throughout the years, the report said. The company has often modernized other parts of the OS only for an older app to throw you into a dialog box with Windows 95-era icons from shell32.dll.
According to The Verge, the visual changes are expected to appear in the Windows 10 21H2 update that should arrive in October or November. Microsoft has not officially detailed its Sun Valley work, but a job listing earlier this year teased a “sweeping visual rejuvenation of Windows.”
Among other changes to built-in apps and the Start menu, rounded corners and a new ‘floating’ design can be expected to be part of the Sun Valley update. Microsoft is working on a floating Start menu, which will appear visually separated from the taskbar, the windowslatest.com report mentioned. The new UI for taskbar jump list (right-click menu) puts the menus within a floating box.
The floating design is also coming to Action Centre, Clock flyout, Volume flyout, and WiFi flyout, according to windowslatest.com.
As far as Windows Task Manager is concerned, in the recent preview builds, it has two new features, including a new option to reduce system resource usage.
Now, one can monitor memory, processor, disk, and network usage of all running processes. If somebody wants to test the new icons now, they would have to join the Windows Insider program and sign up for Dev Channel, according to the reports. The 21H1 version of the Windows 10 named as ‘Spring 2021’ update is expected to be launched before the arrival of the Sun Valley update.