Windows 10 makeover: Microsoft teases its new look

Lynne Hanson
February 11, 2017

During its Windows 10 Developer Day livestream yesterday, Microsoft showed off the first concept image for Neon, its new design language for Windows 10.

We are approaching the release of the second major update of Windows 10, which is replacing the name Redstone 2, now serves as the Creators. This build comes on the heels of last week's Insider build 15025 which included new accessibility options.

To date, all we have seen of Project Neon is a few application previews from certain developers, which seemed to feature much fancier transparency options for the UI, as well as new animations to make everything feel more fluid.

Microsoft will be taking advantage of this feature for its Movies & TV app and Skype Preview app in the near future.

The next feature included in this build is a Picture in Picture style Compact Overlay for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps that will let you have a small borderless app window for UWP apps on your desktop while you work. Microsoft does say, however, that this build has some Bluetooth pairing issues.

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New Share icon: "Apps that used the "share" font glyph in Segoe MDL2 assets should get the change automatically", according to Microsoft. You can find the list of additional games that support the Game Bar here.

To grab this latest build, verify that you're in the Fast ring of the Insider program and head to Settings Update & Security Windows Update.

As always there are other improvements and known issues in this preview build.

Microsoft's Dona Sarkar tweeted out after this PC only build was released that they are still going to try and release a new Mobile update sometime this week for testers. With NEON, Microsoft is introducing a new component called "Acrylic" to the Windows 10 design, which is essentially some blur in the background, sidebar or the navigation of the app.

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