Microsoft is taking steps to give Windows 10 the updated design it has long needed.
On the same day that new system icons were discovered for Windows 10, the company introduced a modern new font that is now to be introduced in the operating system.
The newly discovered symbols and fonts build on what Microsoft introduced at the beginning of the year, but this time go a little deeper into Windows 10. Newer, previously invisible icons for commonly used features like hibernation, network, or even floppy drives can be found in According to a Reddit user, the shell32.dll files are created in the latest Windows 10 Dev Channel preview.
Regarding the new font, Microsoft is updating the Segoe UI variable in Windows 10. When testing with Windows Insider Beta users, Microsoft states that this is a new version of the Segoe classic font. The font is more legible in small sizes and also has improved outlines. It is currently included as part of Windows 10, but the adoption continues. This means that over time you will see it in all areas of the operating system. A preview of what it looks like can be seen below.
These symbols are more consistent and build on Microsoft's Fluent Design language. They move away from the flat and less colorful icons that are mostly left over from Windows 95, Windows XP, and Windows 8. You will likely see them in places like Device Manager or even in My Workplace – right where the older icons used to be.
Currently, these symbols and fonts are only beta tested with Windows Insiders. Rumors have it that this could roll out in the second half of this year in what is currently being referred to as the Windows 10 Sun Valley Update among enthusiasts.
Microsoft's annual developer conference, Build 2021, is just around the corner, and it is believed that this update could finally shed more light on the dark. There is also the option of a separate breakout news event focusing on "What's Next for Windows?" Concentrated, also reveals more about it.
Microsoft Surface and Windows CEO Panos Panay pointed out such redesigns and revisions in Windows at Microsoft's last conference, at which he said: "It will be a huge year."