Windows 10’s Start menu redesign is gaining prominence this week, with colorful new previews shared directly by Microsoft itself. In a set of photos published in his page the Facebook, we have several angles of the new look of the menu and reveal some news.
For starters, the rumored death of Live Tiles in February seems far-fetched. Screens show mosaics of News and Photos content popping up, with Photos showing an image of buildings and News showing a story titled “Falling Home Prices Nationwide Leads to a National Showdown.”
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These new images were shared as part of Microsoft’s Pride month celebration, as evidenced by the color palette and a shot with a giant “PRIDE” desktop background.
The color of the wallpapers is especially important for what we can see here, as the Start menu has a bit of opacity, so you can see the tone of your desktop background, for a more personalized and unified experience.
When the user disables Live Tiles, according to TechRadar, will be replaced by Fluent Design style icons, with translucent backgrounds, removing solid color backgrounds to fit the overall style.
While I doubt Microsoft and Apple could be coordinating efforts on their desktop operating systems, this new Windows 10 start menu shares some of the shiny look we saw in the macOS Big Sur preview at June’s WWDC.
We have previously seen this very bright and light-mode Windows 10 start menu, which has the new-looking icons, a wide column for applications.
WHY are you removing text labels ?! PLEASE tell me this is OPTIONAL and NOT DEFAULT!?!? When doing tech support, do you know how frustrating it is to tell a non-tech to select a non-text icon? Also, not everything has a unique and appropriate icon.April 6, 2020
The early reaction to the redesigned Start menu, seen above, came in the form of people complaining that the previews did not show a true dark black cast and that the icons may not be as easy to identify.
OK, Microsoft: we’re waiting…
You may have noticed that I didn’t say When exactly to wait for this updated Start menu. Microsoft tends to do two bigger annual releases, with the latest Fall update coming October 2019. I’d expect it to show up then, but Microsoft hasn’t given us clues as to when to expect this. Those jokes.
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