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Microsoft offers a sneak peak at Fluent Design

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Microsoft’s new design language Fluent Design will start showing up in the Fall Creators Update.

Microsoft has shown off how its new design language, dubbed Fluent Design, will change Windows 10 in the Fall Creators Update set to land this week.

Fluent Design is Microsoft’s new design language, an interface style that uses depth, motion, lighting and translucency to step away from the flat feel of Metro, its predecessor. Not only will it inform Windows itself, but the designs can be used across apps to help tie the whole system’s look and feel together.

The Fall Creators Update will see the arrival of a few hints of Fluent Design, though it’s expected to roll out gradually over a long time.

The video hints at a few of the changes, which remain subtle. The teaser trailer shows a stylus interacting with the calculator and a photo app — hinting that the ability to write in “ink” in any app could be set to arrive — while a range of apps are shown with translucent navigation menus and windows, and there’s plenty of animation to make it all feel alive and vibrant.

Rather than describe the subtle changes though, you can watch the video below to get a sense of what to expect from Fluent Design in Windows 10.

The changes are expected in the Fall Creators Update set to land 17 October, which will include tweaks to how OneDrive surfaces files, changes to voice assistant Cortana that will let users lock their PC or shut it down, and a few security, performance and readability improvements for the Edge browser.

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