It is a changing season for Microsoft Windows, with the whole system’s iconography getting an entirely different look
Just about a few days ago, Microsoft announced a new set of iconography for its Microsoft Office 365 tools which follow a general overhaul, while we think that was basically all from the event, the company is announcing its intention to extend the changes on the entire Windows 10 tools. This followed a recent tease from the company to have been considering several new changes for the Windows. “It is a huge undertaking to build a common system and design 10 icons at the same time,” explains Jon Friedman, head of Office design at Microsoft. “Now that we have established the system we will start to scale it across all of Microsoft.”
Friedman also revealed, as spotted from a reliable source, that this Office effort is just “the beginning of a cross-company effort to update all icons in the same style.” An early glimpse at just how Windows 10 might be updated was teased as part of Friedman’s blog post. It includes Windows 10 concept images that have updated modern icons for photos, news, mail, and many other built-in apps. It is important that you are awear that the image below are simply mockups for now, but that Microsoft is looking at modernizing Windows 10 icons in the long-term.
Windows 10 still includes icons in some parts of the operating system that have existed for more than 10 years. These older icons look very out of place if you ever come across them, despite, Microsoft’s did put in a great effort to ensure that the new design has a contemporary touch for its Windows design and in particular the way you configure settings in the operating system. Microsoft has had numerous design efforts over the years for Windows, but now that the company is focused on a broad single icon design across the entire company it could be what’s needed to finally clear up some ancient examples.