Microsoft’s getting ready for some “radical” Windows 10 design changes, according to series of job listings spotted by us.
Microsoft has been working on a major design overhaul for a while, and the company quietly confirmed a “reinvigorating” update in a job posting earlier this year. There aren’t many details being shared about “Sun Valley” right now, but we’ve learned that the new visual look will focus on rounded corners, Windows 10X-like features and transitions.
In the new job listing, which was published earlier this month and spotted by us over the weekend, Microsoft confirmed that it wants to dramatically change the user experience of Windows in the coming years.
The job listing has been posted by Microsoft’s Interactive eXperiences Platform (IXP) Team, which is responsible for the UX of Windows and Windows apps. The team is behind the core composition, rendering and input platforms for the Start Menu, Office, Microsoft Edge and native Windows apps.
“We also own much of the Win32 API and infrastructure underlying all Windows features and apps. This team brought Touch to Windows, Precision Touchpads to Windows Laptops, and Windows Ink to the 2:1 device,” the job listing reads.
“We are now on a multi-year journey to revolutionize the Windows UX platform by delivering best interactive experiences, showcasing cutting-edge hardware,” the company claimed in a job listing, which is still live as of May 24.
In another job listing, which is no longer available, Microsoft’s team responsible for windowing experience also confirmed that it’s on a “multi-year journey to re-imagine this platform with the goal of enabling the best interactive experiences on Windows”.
According to documents seen by Windows Latest, Microsoft is also working on a new gestures experience for Windows.
The basic concept is to improve overall design consistency, animation, enable rounded corners, and support for new features. The Sun Valley Update is also based on WinUI features and it also hopes to make it easier for developers to create attractive apps with rounded corners.
What to expect in the next big update
Windows 10 version 21H2, otherwise known as Sun Valley update, will modernize a host of Windows 10 UI features, including Action Center, Taskbar, Start Menu, Flyouts, native apps, etc with consistent modern designs, rounded corners, and improved performance.
These changes are set to roll out near the end of 2021 and the Sun Valley refresh should extend to all Windows 10 form factor including workstations, desktops, tablets, 2-in-1s, etc.
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