Microsoft Design team revealed that it has been working along with various product design teams across the company to redesign over a 100 product icons.
All the design teams followed Microsoft’s Fluent Design System to design these icons to make them authentically represent the larger Microsoft brand.
While Microsoft Design only talked about products such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, an even more prominent icon was also hidden in the collection.
One of the images appears to show a re-designed Windows Logo. This is a major update to the monochrome 2015 Windows Logo which can be seen below:
The different shades of blue on the logo harkens back to one of the earliest Windows 3.0 logos from 1990.
In their Medium post Microsoft says:
As we continue to evolve our technology and roll out new icons that will reflect the future of Microsoft, our design system will also evolve to address new scenarios that we haven’t considered yet.
The line suggests we may see a new icon with a new version of Windows and Windows 10 X appears to present the perfect opportunity to update the look of the old standard.
In fact, if we look at the design studies leaked for Windows 10 X we do see the icon in the Windows 10 X taskbar, which suggests we may see the new logo show up in the second half of 2020.
All-in-all, Microsoft says that it redesigned over 100 icons. There’s even a new Windows logo on there in different colors, although that was shown off previously. In the blog post, Jon Friedman said that taking an icon theme from 10 products and scaling it to over 100 was “both daunting and thrilling”.
After all, it was a pretty broad endeavor on a company-wide range of products. Different design teams and different product teams all needed to get together on this, as one of the rare times that Microsoft made an effort on consistency across consumer, small business, and enterprise products. Of course, it’s still unclear if there will be consistency in when these icons are released.
The new icons are based on the Fluent Design System, Microsoft’s new design language that’s meant to translate between a “diverse yet connected system”. The idea is that these icons will appear on a wide range of device types, screen sizes, and form factors.
Unfortunately, Microsoft didn’t actually say when these new icons will be available. Hopefully they all come as one feature update for Windows 10, rather than as single app updates over the course of months.
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