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Microsoft Teases New Windows 10 Start Menu Icons

Microsoft’s new Windows 10 Start Menu icons are inspired by Fluent Design and will provide an alternative to Live Tiles.


Microsoft has provided another peak at its Fluent Design-inspired new Windows 10 Start Menu. It seems Microsoft wants to place its new icons at the front and center of the experience. To achieve that the company is making them much more visible by removing the block colors of the Live Tiles.

Showcased by the Windows Insider team this week, the new Windows 10 Start Menu show how the design will look without Live Tiles. However, Brandon LeBlanc of the Windows Insider team, points out Microsoft has no plans to remove Live Tiles entirely.

Instead, users would be able to choose to disable Live Tiles to bring the new icons to the forefront. Microsoft says it wants a universal aesthetic driving by Fluent Design across the Windows 10 Start Menu.

Live Tiles are perhaps an interesting functionality tool but they left the Start Menu as a multicolored design. When the new icons are placed on a solid color live tile the acrylic transparency of the icons mean they get somewhat lost.

New Design

Earlier this month, Microsoft’s creative director Christina Koehn, explained why Live Tiles don’t mesh well with Fluent Design icons.

“Flat, monochrome icons look great in context of colorful tiles, but as more icon styles enter the ecosystem, this approach needs to evolve,” she wrote.

“When icons in the taskbar and Start menu are different styles, it creates more cognitive load to scan and find applications.”

Microsoft is now testing its new Windows 10 icons. Users running Windows 10 on the Fast Ring of the Windows Insider Program are now seeing the new icons. Microsoft started revolutionizing icons with Fluent Design through its Office apps. However, these services (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) just scratched the surface. In December, Redmond announced new icons for hundreds of apps across the OS.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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