The modified design removes the solid color tiles behind the logos and adds a translucent background.
Launched only for Windows Insiders a month ago, the new Windows 10 Start menu is now accessible to everyone, just follow a few instructions to activate it. The modified design removes the solid-colored tiles behind the logos and adds a translucent background to the tiles. But there may be much more significant changes in the future. In a short video introducing Microsoft's new icon system, the research giant also reveals a new startup menu.
Last July, Microsoft released the Preview version of Windows 10 Build 20161 with new features, including a new Start menu for Windows 10 that placed less emphasis on "Live Tiles". For example, the famous Start menu tiles with colored backgrounds have been replaced by new, partially transparent, themed tiles. The company announced that it has reduced the interface color to make it easier to find the applications you use on a daily basis. It's a subtle change, but it will certainly make the Start menu less confusing. In particular, this will prevent many tiles from sharing a similar blue colour.
"This new design creates a nice scene for your applications, especially the Fluent Design icons in Office and Microsoft Edge, as well as the redesigned icons for embedded applications, including Calculator, Mail and Calendar that we started deploying earlier this year," Microsoft wrote in a blog post.
Things may change again in this menu in future updates, according to a video posted Monday by the company.
"Our mission was to create a beautiful, moving and consistent icon system, and each discipline brought their expertise to the process. The resulting One Microsoft icon design language is unique to Microsoft and reflects the personality of our brand," said Microsoft
Towards the end of the video was introduced a new start menu with an attractive tile system. When the video is panned, you can see the current menu design.
It remains to be seen whether Microsoft will actually implement this style of menu in the future, but it shows what is possible, and is a huge improvement over the current tiled presentation.