If you're getting a little tired of how Windows 10 looks, you're in for a treat. Microsoft has published a few images related to a Windows 10 revamp, and they tell us a lot about the UI direction the software giant is taking with its future products.
A Sneek Peek at the Windows 10 Sun Valley Revamp
A little while back, it was rumored that a Windows 10 revamp was in the works. Back then, we knew it was codenamed "Sun Valley," but we had no further details on what was planned for Windows 10's new look.
Now, Windows Latest has scoured the internet and found some interesting screenshots from Microsoft. These are on GitHub and give us a great look into how the Windows 10 revamp may look.
First up is the thread called "DatePicker and TimePicker flyout visual updates." Here, we have Microsoft developer Jevan Saks showing off his UI design skills:
What I'm doing here is taking the PickerHostGrid and feeding it through CompositionVisualSurface and then into a ColorMatrixEffect. This way I can take the alpha channels of what's in the PickerHostGrid and replace the RGB channels with something else. This lets us do a color swap dynamically even during the scrolling, which gets a really smooth looking "x-ray" kind of effect.
If your eyes crossed while reading that paragraph, Saks says that he designed a date picker that dynamically changes the color of the selected date. For instance, see how January 14, 2021, is written in black in the screenshot below, while every other date is written in white.
As the user scrolls through the entries, the text turns black as it passes into the blue bar and turns white again when it scrolls out. This is what Saks meant when he said, "x-ray kind of effect."
Next up is "Visual update for menu flyout" from Microsoft developer Tasha Titova. This thread shows that Microsoft aims to sand down the pointed edges on its windows and take a more rounded approach.
Insiders should see these UI updates roll out to them relatively soon, while everyone else will have to wait until the second half of 2021 for these flashy new menus.
A Small Peek, but a Peek Nonetheless
While these images aren't huge reveals of Windows 10 and Sun Valley's future, they give us a nice idea of how Microsoft is approaching the revamp. Adaptive sliders and rounded edges are seemingly in, so keep your eyes peeled for any further updates as the topic develops.
While we wait for Sun Valley to roll out, why not grab a custom theme and give your Windows 10 a makeover early?
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