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Project NEON: the incremental upgrade for Windows 10’s design

Late last year we reported on Project NEON – the upcoming UI upgrade for Windows 10. Recently we managed a closer look at Microsoft’s internal plans for Project NEON and the future of Windows 10’s UI (user-interface). Right of the bat I don’t want readers to be fooled by those who suggest this is a major or a complete overhaul of Windows 10’s design language. In fact, it’s a fairly minor update that builds on the current Windows 10 UI (aka MDL2).

Nevertheless, change is always exciting, so here’s an early look at NEON.

Project NEON will heavily focus on animations, simplicity, and consistency – essentially bringing back Windows 7’s Aero Glass and mixing it up with animations like the ones from the Windows Phone 8/7 era.

This won’t be the final design that makes it into Windows, but still – they should really fix that ridiculous border around the titlebar widgets. Other than that – it seems they want to make it less bright and colourful than Metro, which I guess a lot of people will be happy about. Question remains though – there are barely any Metro applications worth using today, so will this change anything?

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