Windows 10 build 10108 includes some interesting UI changes

It's been an interesting past few weeks for Windows Insiders as we have seen a lot of changes and improvements coming to Windows 10. We have seen changes from various leak version of the operating system and from official builds, such as the case of Windows 10 build 10074, which included the new blur effect in the Start menu and new UI elements for Cortana. We even got a sneak peek of what is come thanks to Microsoft's Joe Belfiore demo during the Build conference.

Today is a new day and even though Microsoft hasn't released a new version of Windows 10 and technically there is not a new leak floating around the web. Apparently there a few people that managed to get their hands on Windows 10 build 10108 (which is a partner build from winmain_prs channel) but it's unlikely that this build will be available for Windows Insiders.

Windows 10 build 10108 doesn't include major changes, but there are a few new UI tweaks and improvements since the last public preview Microsoft released on April 29.

Settings

The first change can be found in the Settings app. In build 10108, Microsoft is centering all content on the main page, and now there is a default gray background color. Before, all the icons were centered, but they were vertically aligned to the top.

In addition, in the Settings app and through the operating system, the software maker is updating how the pill toggle buttons look. In this unreleased build version of Windows 10, users will notice that when switching an option to the On position the pill switch get a full background color using the Windows scheme color. Also, the element inside the switch is now small circle instead of a pill.

Start menu

The Start menu is not getting many improvements with this build, but users will notice an updated 3D animation for the Live Tiles. Some users already have this on clean installs of 10074, and it may be in A/B testing.

3D Builder app

In build 10108, Microsoft seems to have included the 3D Builder app, which is a Windows 8.1 app. However, it's not clear if this is going to be a permanent inclusion or indeed Windows 10 will be bundled with the app considering that not everyone will have a 3D printer when the operating system launches.

Another change that is worth pointing out is Microsoft is finally updating the right-click contextual menus. Previously, we have seen a white contextual in Windows 10, but up until now the new menu was limited to the taskbar. Starting in build 10108, the new white contextual menu also appears when right-clicking on the desktop, on File Explorer, and pretty much throughout the operating system.

It's worth noting that the new white menus are adaptable menus too. This feature means that when using touch and you press and hold to bring the contextual menu, items will appear more spaced out for better "touchability". Then when using a keyboard and mouse all the elements in the menu will look normal. (The image below is from Windows 10 build 10074)

It seems that the Network menu UI will start taking the dark theme in the same way as the Action Center, like we have seen in previous builds.

Wrapping things up

As we get closer to the end of the development cycle, we're going to start seeing less major changes appearing in the operating system and more fixes, refinements, and tweaks.

Microsoft plans to launch Windows 10 for desktop computer later this summer, and there is still a lot of things that need to get fixed to make the operating system stable. Also, the company has previously confirmed that many features won't make it at launch, so users can expect new features are coming to Windows 10 after the official release.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

144 Comments
  • Fewer major changes is good. They already have enough bugs to work out, they don't need more.
  • Well its good to see W10 for desktop move on a brighter side .! Since m even gonna update my W8.1 laptop ! Soon would love to see more leaks and leaks for windowsphone too !! :)
  • They are actually starting to move to the dark side ;)
  • Microsoft can have a Dark Side too. :P :P (Tim Minchin- Dark Side)
  • Are you refering to the Windows 10 icons? Remember seeing those in DOS 3.1 which was a wonerful 16-bit operating system. Maybe Microsoft is feeling a little nostalgic.
  • File Explorer + Desktop is still in need of a major visual overhaul.  But that's just visual so it's not hard to update.  The bugs are obviously more important and will obviously be fixed.
  • not really sure what else they can do to the desktop really? lol I mean the taskbar is completely overhauled all that's left is the big space taken by your wallpaper? File explorer is the last major facelift the OS needs. The design concepts flying around the web are amazing. I wonder if Microsoft is scared to change too much cause of their strength in the business market.
  • THIS ^ !!!! File explorer is becoming now even more out of place. It needs be modernized(?) LOL
  • I really don't get why MS is copying Chrome with those context menus
  • huh? the context menus that have been there since before Google even existed lol all they literally did was change the background color, replace the arrows, and remove the graphical images.
  • That's exactly what I mean. They look very much like the ones in the Chrome browser.
  • Oh yeah i get you but i mean what else could they have possibly done? Lol context menus are universal. Maybe kept the divider lines?
  • You mean googles browser? The company implementing the material design into everything? The design based off of microsofts metro design? I wonder why they'd look similar....
  • This has nothing to do with material design. Those white context menus started in Chrome before Windows 8, if I'm not mistaken.
  • are you referring to the white context menus that have basically been the same thing since windows 3.1? or maybe even before? these context menus you are referring to originated with another OS entirely. they actually originated in either the Original mac os or Apple's Lisa. one thing for certain though is they did not start in Chrome.
  • Ohhh thank god!!! The pill looks sooo much better!!!!!
  • It really does. I even prefer this to the old square switches. Definitely the best looking option of the three we've had thus far!
  • Yes, definitely! This new design is fantastic!
  • Square was way much better ..or how can I say...Professional?
  • If you remember a while back, Apple also had square toggles and switched to round. Apparently there is data that rounded elements are easier for the eye to process. I don't know why round versus square would imply professional or unprofessional though. http://uxmovement.com/thinking/why-rounded-corners-are-easier-on-the-eyes/    
  • Huh, that page was an interesting read! I still don't like the circular portraits on Win10 though. I think I'm open to rounded corners though, now!
  • Agree, the new round switches remind me of '70s audio equipment for some reason. I rather like the boxy ones from win8, but maybe it is just me. Either way it is not a big deal.
  • @CaedenV: Yes, it is just you.
    Just kidding. Some people found the old rectangular switches better, but it's a question of taste. For me personally they were the single most ugly thing in Windows. So I'm happy with the round ones, although the new variant with the filled background looks a little iOS-y. ^.^
  • Square tiles with oval/round pill? I like the square switches on WP. It's all common design.
  • Same here. I'm glad they gave those ovals an update. They were hideous before. I still prefer the rectangular toggles but I'll still use the OS if they go with the pill + circle.
  • +10 for the new pill, it is much better now, although I still prefer the Windows 8 controls.
  • Actually these new toggles were present in Windows 7 as well. Not in the main UI but when a program forcefully changes the theme to Aero Basic, the WiFi switch changes to look like these new toggles. I couldn't get to reproduce this situation again though but was pleasantly surprised to see it.
  • So much better? It's the same wannabe iOS crap. A lot of Koolaid being passed around here.
  • That's neat. The whole OS should look a lot better with the UI tweaks.
  • noooo!! i liked the old pill in the toggle. the circle looks like they got inspiration from iOS.
    colour the background in ON position, no problem.
    but bring the pill back. looked so good!
  • +1
  • Welcome to the club. I like the current look to.
  • Microsoft seems to be going with a "round" theme design in Windows 10.  Notice the login screen your profile pictures in in a circle.  Also in installing updates, the percentage complete indicator is now a circle.  Makes sense that other aspects of Windows 10 will be circular as well.  Think of it as going from a square window [anchored building] to a circular portal [mobile ship]; a "portal" to a whole new Microsoft that is "mobile".
  • So deep
  • Thanks! I thought it clever. lol
  • Pc looking great.... Phone still in limbo.... Cmon Gabe where is the TP for 930? Lier
  • +930
  • Phone looks awesome. Here: https://youtu.be/mBaE-wzP_sQ
  • App switcher/Task View :o
  • DAT ANIMATION! 'o'
  • I spoke to a MS employee last week. He's under the impression there may not be another phone build till June after the missed April deadline.  Probably to focus more resources on the desktop version as it nears release.
  • Sadly, those toggle switches are still rounded and ugly :(
  • The ovals were the ugliest, though.
     
  • +930
  • So hungry for more regular W10 phone builds....
  • Should be coming very soon today unless they yet again missed a deadline!
  • There was never a promise for a build this week or even this month yet!
  • Except they promised new office apps...which require a new store which requires a new build for phone
  • Exactly.
  • Actually, they did say there may be a new build this coming week. Meaning this week.