It appears that Microsoft is taking inspiration from all the right places for Windows 10 Redstone 3, as some new screenshots show the design changes that the company has lined up.
This new version of the operating system is supposed to bring a major overhaul of the user interface, as part of what it being called Project NEON. This is, simply put, a combination of new visual effects, and animations, along with redesigned UI elements across the operating system.
But more so across the apps.
The idea being that Microsoft will roll out these changes for its default applications in Windows 10, so that other app developers can update their creations too.
We have already seen several Microsoft apps getting updated with the new look, and now some new images posted on Paul Thurrott also provide us with an early peek at the visual improvements that are set to be part of the Redstone 3 update.
Take a look:
So, the Mail app picks up a new design, with a highlight animation when hovering over a specific menu item. And not just that, translucency and blur are also more widely used now across the operating system in this new refresh.
And then there is the Parallax effect that was made popular on the iPhone.
It appears that some apps will be come with this, like the Groove Music application in the screenshot below. When moving the app window, the wallpaper behind also subtly moves due to this effect.
Goes without saying that Microsoft will allow users to turn off this effect, if they want.
Finally, there are visual improvements for the tablet mode in Windows 10, with an image showing a soft splash animation when tapping a live tile on the screen.
Again, worth a mention that these are just early versions of the UI enhancements that Redmond has lined up for Redstone 3. A lot could change between now and launch of this update in fall, and the preview builds that ship in the coming months will provide us a better idea of the direction.
Your thoughts on these changes?