It’s April and we are slowly encroaching on Redstone 3 which means more information on Project Neon, the UI update for Windows 10, is leaking. To recap Neon will be an update to the existing Windows shell coming after the Anniversary Update (which seems to be coming fall 2017).
After the initial leaked info (and my nerding out) I have wondered how major an update this is. Windows 8 was major in that brought in touch/tablet elements. Windows Phone brought the Metro design language.
So what is Neon bringing?
I should also say I had started reading a lot of the commentators remarking on how Neon was a minor refresh adding minor features. So my enthusiasm waned. But then I got excited again.
For one Neon is bringing in a level of polish to Windows. It is something that honestly got lost on the platform when it started backtracking from Windows 8 and Windows Phone. It also appears like Microsoft is focusing on providing more tools and templates to create good designs out of the box. Also it new rumors make me think the overarching goal is to go the last mile in terms of delivering a consistent product.
A number of recent rumors will see features coming that bring real value to users and not just cosmetic changes. Things like in app tab support; for things like File explorer are welcomed productivity features.
Also it looks like Microsoft is working on having a consistent feel and behavior for the design. The rumored blur glass effects are being carried over to the Start Screen.
Now with my excitement I still have questions.
Like what changes are coming to improve touch. Will we see previews for other applications with Neon. The MSN apps need a new coat of paint. Also how does this translate to other form factors like phones (We hope) and tablets?
We may soon get the answers (because I finished this thing the month before Build).