At Microsoft Build Developers Conference 2017, the Redmond giant announced Fluent Design System for the future of Windows 10. Since Windows 8, Microsoft’s design pattern follows a familiar flat design known previously as Metro UI, a theme if one would remember, a turn back of the clock during the times of Windows 1. Microsoft improved its Metro UI but due to copyright concerns Microsoft had to renamed it into Modern UI in its succeeding updates of Windows 8 then was further developed in Windows 10.
Since Metro’s existence, users were divided regarding the UI changes that Microsoft implemented, While some would say that the Modern UI is fine and usable, many would beg to disagree stating that the UI is too flat and plain, we little less distinction between objects across the desktop. Microsoft as it changes it perception towards modernizing its core operating system now listens to users concerns and that woes turns into something that we could look forward to with Fluent Design System.
Microsoft’s new Fluent Design has been around internally and is available for Windows Insiders in the fast ring known as Project Neon. The new design languages has Five Principles which will help developers create more interactive user interface for apps. These are the principles for a modern UI design implemented by Fluent Design: Depth, Material, Light, Scale and Motion. These principles are a result of an ever continuing progress in interface design and the collaboration of different platforms driven by the same core components that Microsoft deploys.
For more than 4 years, this is the first major upgrade for a Windows interface, Microsoft is in fact incorporating some of these new design changes in its next and upcoming Windows 10 update simply known as the “Fall Creators Update”. The update is expected to roll out by September to all Windows 10 devices. The new design philosophies is not limited to the Windows ecosystem alone as Microsoft will be implementing these new UI elements to all Microsoft apps across different platforms including iOS and Android.
One of the first to benefit from these principles is the world of virtual interactivity or in Virtual Reality (VR) environments, all these physical aspects invoke from these UI elements are as a result of optimized VR user experience. If one would have to analyze it, it seems like the whole concept itself is designed for the environment conceptualize by Hololens. Fluent Design itself should sit natively with the core user experience inside the virtualized environment that has a physical perception of elements with depth and scale involved.
In Windows, Fluent Design enables Microsoft to add depth, light and all other principles to influence how users would interact with Windows. It adds a layer of focus, a sense of priority and simplicity which could make working with Windows 10 more immersive and productive altogether.
Microsoft will be rolling out these features to Windows in phases and apps should see these design changes pretty soon. Like we’ve already said, these elements are all coming with the Fall Creators update which will be coming in the next few months.