Windows 10 Start Menu Redesign Planned For Project NEON, Leaked Now In Screenshot

Updates to Windows 10 are frequent now, but sometimes a larger update hits the Microsoft severs and we all get a bit giddy about the entire thing. Today’s release of the Creators Update see one of that situation, and with good reason. Anything that adds functionality to our computers has to be a good thing, and it seems Microsoft is not done yet. Here are the details you really don’t want to miss, after all.

Microsoft is thinking about making another refresh to its Windows 10 design in an upcoming update due later this year. Currently known only as Project NEON, is scheduled for this year later on, and that update will bring with it a redesigned Start Menu interface, which has begun to leak via screenshots.

Windows 10 Project NEON

Transparent Live Tiles aren’t new to Windows 10 on phones, but the Start button on PCs currently restricts all those to full opacity. Toady’s newly leaked Project NEON Start menu concept shows exactly what Microsoft has planned for that Start and taskbar in dark mode with Windows 10 Redstone 3.

Tom Hounsell today on his Twitter channel published a new concept image for the new Windows 10 update, this time giving us a glimpse of what Microsoft will do to freshen up the Start menu that acts as the front door to our apps and services. The Verge notes that sources have already told the publication that Microsoft is effortlessly working with the possibility of bringing transparency effects to the newly updated Start menu, and this new image shows that actually.

The upcoming UI upgrade for Windows 10, codenamed Project NEON. For the most part, NEON focuses purely on blur and animations. In fact, the part of it are alraedy appearing on some Windows 10 applications, including Groove Music, Movies & TV, and even the View 3D app. More importantly, the update will also include an improved Start Menu design.

First and foremost, the Start Menu will now have a blurred background which is known as the Acrylic component of Project NEON, where, it introduces transparent tiles for the Start Menu on PCs – which is something a lot of users have requested in the past. Right now, tiles in the Start Menu have a solid background but it still has a bit of transparency. With the release of Windows 10 Redstone 3 update, tiles will be transparent and utilize the said component of NEON.

The screenshots below have been leaked so far are all design concepts created by Microsoft to delight the updates that it may not bring to Windows 10, and also possible that it not all will make it to the final version as Microsoft continues to experiment in an attempt to find the best interface to choose going forward.

Tom Hounsell Windows 10

Alleged Project NEON screenshot showing a redesigned Start menu with transparent Live Tiles

No more details has been outed regarding the next big Windows 10 update, though we do expect to learn more about the update when Microsoft holds its Build developers conference in Seattle next month, in May.

(Source: Tom Hounsell [Twitter], Via: The Verge)

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