Since the very first Windows 10 versions, users have been complaining about the time that Microsoft is taking to introduce new icons. The fact is that the company still uses many of its Windows 95-era icons. When Windows 10 arrived it promised a clean, futuristic, flat design, but it’s a shame to see that old-styled icons from almost thirty years ago are still present. Apparently, users dreaming of a new design will finally rejoice as Microsoft is preparing to refresh its Windows 10 icons.
According to The Verge, Microsoft is planning a new design overhaul as part of a “sweeping visual rejuvenation”. The biggest changes will be implemented later this year, presumably with the Windows 21H2 update. The first icon changes were spotted in March Insider Preview builds. The company introduced new File Explorer, Folder, Recycle Bin, Disk Drive icons, and more. Now, the company will ditch the whole set of Windows 95-styled icons that we can still spot across the Operating System.
Windows Latest already spotted new icons for the Hibernation Mode, Networking, Memory, Floppy Drives, and much more. The new icons are being implemented in the shel32.dll file in preview versions of Windows 10. This DLL is an important part of the Windows Shell, which surfaces icons in a variety of dialog boxes throughout the OS. It has been a reason behind the inconsistency on Windows icons throughout the years. Although Microsoft has modernized other parts of the OS, the company didn’t make a big treatment on the icons from shel32.dll. Hopefully, the new overhaul will ditch floppy disk drive icons once and for all. After all, floppy disks are a thing from the past.
Windows 10 design overhaul is part of the Sun Valley project
According to the report, Microsoft’s new Windows 10 design overhaul is part of the Sun Valley project. The visual changes will likely be part in the Windows 10 21H2 update that may hit computes around October. Unfortunately, Microsoft has not officially detailed its Sun Valley project. However, a job listing earlier this year clearly mentions a “sweeping visual rejuvenation of Windows.”
Despite the fact that all eyes are currently staring at the Windows 10 21H1 update, we expect to hear more about Sun Valley (21H2) update this month. The company will hold its Microsoft Build conference later this month. During the three-day event, we expect to hear more details about Windows 10 next iterations.