Microsoft is slowly introducing the Fluent design language for the Windows 10 system and application ecosystem, even affecting Xbox, IoT, and the web side. The most obvious change for users is the icons and the UI of the application. Clearly, Microsoft wants to give users a real-world visual look with a translucent and gradient design.
Fluent Design is known to be based on five basic elements: light source, depth, motion, material, and scale.
In addition to Microsoft’s own Windows 10 and Xbox, fluent design elements will be available across the web, iOS, macOS, and Android platforms.
Recently, the company revealed the latest improvements to the Fluent UI, such as a custom navigation bar. The design team says the bar can fit more closely with iOS and Android.
Applications that use the new theme architecture also have access to scalable design systems so that developers can easily refresh visual designs on all platforms.
Microsoft is still actively developing Fluent Design and plans to implement the changes every six months. But the average user doesn’t necessarily see a big change in the UI because it’s more focused on the developer level.
Later this month, windows 10 2020 update packages are expected to bring a new set of icons based on fluent design elements.
In addition, Microsoft plans to discuss more details about Fluent Design, Win32 applications, and UWP apps at the Build 2020 Developer Conference, May 19-20.