New lively Windows 10 icons coming to your PC soon

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You may no longer see some of those dull, monochromatic Windows 10 icons on your desktop in the coming weeks. Right now, Windows insiders in the Fast ring are sampling new colorful Windows 10 icons that Microsoft has rolled out for testing.

New multicolored Windows 10 icons

Twitter user Aggiornamenti Lumia posted a Windows 10 desktop screenshot featuring apps with the new colorful icons.

Some of the first built-in Windows 10 apps to get these lively icons are:

  • Calculator
  • Mail & Calendar
  • Alarms & Clock
  • Voice Recorder
  • Groove Music
  • Movies & TV

You may expect more built-in apps to get the modern-looking icons as Microsoft continues to implement its fluent design principles across the full range of its software products. Similar UI enhancements for a couple of Windows 10 features such as the Start Menu, Action Center, and some app icons have surfaced before online.

If Microsoft’s objective is to transform the Windows UX without leaving users feeling lost when using the OS, then it is doing a pretty good job. You can see that, while the new icons look amazing with the facelift, they are still recognizable since their transformation is not drastic.

The icons also feature in Windows 10X, the OS that Microsoft is currently fine-tuning for later deployment on the Surface Neo, a dual-screen device.

Microsoft can barely upgrade any of its software products without users expressing how they feel about it. The news about the vibrant Windows 10 icons is no exception, and it has elicited mixed reactions among users.

Overall, folks on social medial think that the new app icons look good. While one Twitter user does not seem to mind the change, they are questioning why it is a priority for Microsoft.

I’d much rather MSFT fix touch input in Edge. I get it is entirely different team, but it shows the overall priorities and they are not where they are supposed to be.

Perhaps people expect solutions for mission-critical Windows 10 issues, such as defective updates, to come before UI aesthetics.

In all fairness, Microsoft believes it is vital not to neglect user interactions and experiences while enhancing the functional aspects of its OS. A modern-looking Windows 10 with a lively desktop atmosphere does no harm after all.