Microsoft reveals new design language known as Fluent Design System
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.