Thursday May 11, 2017

Microsoft Officially Unveils Project Neon, the "Fluent Design System" for Windows 10

I’m going to get one more Build-related announcement up here, since this is probably going to be a defining part of what’s next for Windows 10 (plus, there’s a flashy video). Microsoft has elaborated on their evolution of Metro, the Microsoft Fluent Design System (formally known as Project Neon), a design language expected to result in improved user-interfaces within apps and bump up the aesthetics with blur and hover animations. The core purpose, however, is to produce a harmonious experience across multiple types of devices. Looks pretty slick, I think.

The goal of Fluent Design is to deliver harmonious, intuitive, inclusive and responsive cross-device experiences and interactions. Developers will be able to build beautiful, expressive apps with the Fluent Design language, with animations, blur and fluidity, according to Microsoft. Windows Insiders will have already seen this new Fluent Design System in action via first-party Windows 10 apps. For example, Microsoft recently pushed updates to Groove, Calculator, Films & TV, and more, that introduced improved user-interfaces within the apps, including blur and hover animations. Developers will now also be able to develop apps officially using the Fluent Design System, with the design language also coming to the OS over time too.