The Windows 10 Fluid Desktop redesigns Windows Shell

By: Costea Lestoc
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Microsoft has been working for quite a while now to redesign Windows 10 using the Fluent Design, and this triggered increased interest from designers as well. More and more designers have become enthusiast with the whole idea of the Fluent Design.

Now, a designer names Michael West introduced his latest creation, the “Fluid Desktop,” a new Windows Shell.

Redesigning Windows shell for a cleaner look with advanced intelligence

Michael’s concept of Fluid Desktop includes various improvements and refinements that have made to the Windows Shell. His goal is “to get rid of the current clutter and replace it a more minimal but more powerful shell experience.”

Creating a new taskbar

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Michael created a brand new taskbar, and this idea came to him after receiving tons of positive feedback about reworking Windows’ system tray. He explained that he became inspired by the vast number of possibilities that were in the area and he decided to refine the design even more.

He created a flyout named Quick Actions and applied the same overall look and feel to the Action Center. This is what led to a new system tray design. Now, an adaptive taskbar grows according to how many apps are open and pinned. Only essential icons are shows, and everything floats in a similar way to Chrome OS.

Refining Microsoft Sets

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Microsoft announced a new feature called Sets back in November 2017 and Michael has been interested in who this would work with the taskbar and Task View. There’s a new user interface for apps in a set, and this makes it clear that the apps in a set are not cluttering users’ taskbar with tons of icons.

The new concept brings together disparate Windows items

Michael’s new concept is pretty impressive, and it managed to bring closer together a lot of elements which have been previously disparate in Windows. We strongly recommend that you take a look at Michael’s complete post on Medium and check out all the changes that he’s working on.

This is only the first look at his Fluid Desktop idea, and he awaits users’ feedback which is essential when it comes to redesigning something as important as Windows Shell.

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