What you need to know
- Some apps are getting new icons on Windows 10 in the Insider Program.
- These icons were first introduced on Windows 10X.
- Just a handful of apps to begin with.
Microsoft has started rolling out some of the new colorful icon designs that were first introduced on Windows 10X to Insiders running regular Windows 10. These new icons are a huge departure from the flat monochromatic icon design that Windows 10 has been rocking since 2015, giving life back to icon design in Windows.
Right now, only a handful of apps have been updated with the new icons. Mail & Calendar, Groove Music, Film & TV, Calculator, Alarms, and Voice Recorder, are being updated today. I expect other in-box apps will follow shortly, such as the Microsoft Store, Camera, Feedback Hub, and more.
Microsoft has started rolling out new colorful icons to #windowsinsiders (fast ring)! Start Menu + Taskbar + Splash screen! https://t.co/4g5XBzvUL7 pic.twitter.com/Bf2e9tVPhpMicrosoft has started rolling out new colorful icons to #windowsinsiders (fast ring)! Start Menu + Taskbar + Splash screen! https://t.co/4g5XBzvUL7 pic.twitter.com/Bf2e9tVPhp— Aggiornamenti Lumia (@ALumia_Italia) February 20, 2020February 20, 2020
I also expect Microsoft will update the File Explorer icon at some point too, although that will have to be introduced with a new build as File Explorer is not an app that can be updated via the Microsoft Store.
I wouldn't be surprised if we eventually see more than just Windows 10X's icon design show up on Windows 10 desktop. There's already precedent for Microsoft testing things like the Windows 10X Start menu on desktop, and it would be pretty cool if Microsoft did that on an official level.
In the meantime, do you like Microsoft's new icon design? Let us know in the comments.
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