Windows 10 Sun Valley: Microsoft Hints Sweeping UI Changes

A recent job listing by Microsoft hints that the company is onto something big with its future Windows 10 UI. The upcoming update, probably the Windows 10 21H1 may not be feature-packed, but with a completely revamped UI experience. It’s defined as the Sun Valley and is over Fluent Design in many ways.

Windows 10 May Soon Have Refreshed UI

While we all think Windows 10 is highly saturated in its design, its maker is planning sweeping changes to the UI, so as to make everyone think that “Windows is BACK“. These plans are highly anticipated, as we’re hearing a lot of Fluent Design, Windows 10X UI, and minor design changes to legacy components lately.

And now, a job listing by Microsoft looking for a software engineer tells us more. The listing, which was seen in late October last year in Microsoft portal read, “On this team, you’ll work with our key platform, Surface, and OEM partners to orchestrate and deliver a sweeping visual rejuvenation of Windows experiences to signal to our customers that Windows is BACK and ensure that Windows is considered the best user OS experience for customers.

This was soon removed and rewritten as working for “delightful, polished, experiences for Windows as well as for our Surface Hub product line.” Reports tell that this project was internally named as Sun Valley, and even as Windows 10++. Ans these sweeping changes could be an all-in-one pack from all the rumors we heard to date.

It’s also reported that Sun Valley is being headed up by Panos Panay, Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer. He also is the head of Windows Experience and may release this refreshed UI through the Windows 10 21H1 update, which’s scheduled for sometime in the H1 of this year.

UI changes include the refreshments in legacy components like the Start Menu, Taskbar, Action Center, File Explorer, and some petty feature apps. We’ve seen changes coming to toggle switches earlier, making us think like Microsoft is revamping not just the big things, but also the little ones including the edges of the window as rounded corners.

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