Microsoft is renewing its Windows logo and the icons for many of the operating system’s apps.
Microsoft is now redesigning more than 100 icons across the company with new colors, materials, and finishes. Corporate vice president of design and research at Microsoft stated, “We needed to signal innovation and change while maintaining familiarity for customers. We also had to develop a flexible and open design system to span a range of contexts while still being true to Microsoft.”
Most of the icon changes aren’t major changes, but subtle tweaks that make them look far more consistent when you look at ten of them together at once. Microsoft appears to be focusing part of its design efforts on cleaning up its Windows icon problem. Windows 10 has lots of inconsistent icons appearing in settings and apps, with some old icons dating back decades.
The existing Windows logo, used in both Windows 8 and Windows 10, is a flat color, while the new logo looks more like a gradient of blue with each quarter representing a different color. Microsoft is also tweaking other areas of Windows 10X, including how you can quickly access the settings panels, the notification center, and more. Microsoft’s icon work and Fluent Design has been a gradual process, and this will continue throughout 2020.