Microsoft has started rolling out new icons for Windows 10 from among the 100 new designs it revealed in December. The new redesigned Windows 10 icons feature a ‘Fluent Design’ and have more depth and colour to them. The new icons will be rolled out in a phased manner.
Microsoft has essentially replaced the monochromatic silhouettes of icons with more colourful ones. Microsoft in a blog post explains how the company worked on the icons using its “Fluent Design Language”. The company also said the new icons show a more uniform look across multiple platforms like Android, iOS and Mac.
In doing so, the teams that built the icons did not move away from familiar iconography and evolved the Fluent Design language to maintain familiarity and consistency whilst modernizing the design.
Microsoft has also shared how the icons have evolved over the years. For example, the latest Mail icon looks like the first one introduced in 2001 but with a modern twist.
Some of the apps will be updated via updates from the Microsoft Store. However, Microsoft has already rolled out the ‘Mail’ and ‘Calendar’ icons for users in the Release Preview ring for Windows Insiders. As for Windows Insiders who are in the ‘Fast’ ring will get to see the new Windows 10 icons from today. These include built-in apps like Alarms & Clock, Calculator, Mail, and Calendar. Microsoft will release more redesigned icons in the coming months.
According to one Windows Insider who has received the new icons, the colour scheme doesn’t support the system accent colour. The start menu on Windows 10 is using the default blue colour as the background colour instead of the system accent one.