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Microsoft reveals new design language known as Fluent Design System

For the second wave, Microsoft is planning 360 media playback, intelligently scaling headers, Z-Depth layering, spatial sound, and speech support. (Source: Microsoft)
For the second wave, Microsoft is planning 360 media playback, intelligently scaling headers, Z-Depth layering, spatial sound, and speech support. (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft announced some significant UI changes for Windows 10 at its Build 2017 conference. The Fluent Design System, formerly known as NEON, will transform Windows 10's appearance and prepare it for the future.

Microsoft announced its Fluent Design System at their Build developers conference yesterday after months of hinting at upcoming design changes to the Windows 10 UI. Microsoft is finally ready to give a detailed breakdown of what the changes users can expect as early as this year.

Some aspects of the Fluent Design System will begin rolling out this fall in the aptly-named Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. A majority of changes are more subtle like blur effects (known as acrylic) of the Aero design that you may recall from the much-maligned Windows Vista. The Fluent Design System, previously known as Project Neon, is the next step forward from the flat Metro UI.

Rather than introducing all of the new features in a single update, Microsoft is opting to deliver the Fluid Design System in waves. There’s no specific timeline for a completed product as Fluent is still subject to change as Microsoft experiments with what does and doesn’t work.

Microsoft feels that the current design language is functional but too flat for our wide variety of inputs from the mouse, stylus, touch, gesture and gaze for devices such as PCs, smartphones, tablets, AR and VR headsets, and TVs. They hope that by combining inspiration from Aero, Metro, and Material design by Android and pushing that into a 3D space, they can enable developers to create more engaging experiences.

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Isaac Brown, 2017-05-12 (Update: 2017-05-13)
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I joined Notebookcheck at the end of 2016 after being a dedicated reader of the website for the past six years, occasionally tuning out various lecturers to read reviews of the latest gaming and business laptops. As a writer and tech enthusiast, I focus mostly on smartphones, the latest trending gadgets like VR headsets, and the businesses that create it all. When I’m not admiring the latest graphics cards, I write short fiction and arrange for a cappella.