With the birth of Windows 10 came a very bold statement: “Windows 10 will be the last Windows Operating System”. What did this mean? Not much, in fact it still gives Microsoft the ability to completely change the design and feel of Windows without changing the name. Perhaps this is to allow the quick covering up of features that don’t work out, instead of leaving them in previous editions *cough* Vista and 8* cough*.
So, the update:
A developers livestream from Microsoft a few days ago brought us the first look at ‘Project NEON’ which is likely to be released in the latter half of 2017.
The first noticeable change is the White taskbar. Although you can already modify the theme of Windows, the fact that the default installation looks set to include it shows that Microsoft is aiming for a fresher, cleaner feel to Windows instead of the darker feel we get at the moment. The white colour also suggests a more obvious link to Apple and their OS X operating system, which have always used white/silver as their main colours.
The next change is the more clean looking Groove music player. Incorporating a borderless edge and much more seamless search bar than the current player offers, this seems like another attempt by Microsoft to remove the blocky, dark barriers in between elements of applications.
The final difference that can be seen from this screenshot is the much tidier System Tray (the bottom right). Obviously, we would expect a lack of third party icons, but there aren’t even any networking or sound icons. Where they lie is still a mystery, but my guess is that they are in some kind of hidden System Tray that appears when you hover to the bottom right, much like the current ‘Show Desktop’ button next to the clock.
This update isn’t too major, but shows that Microsoft are dedicated to making Windows 10 an Operating System suitable for all types of device and ability, although changing the UI this much probably won’t help the less computer-literate in the short term!