Microsoft has been steadily facelifting its entire icon set to prepare the apps for Windows Core OS. The company has already updated Office apps icons for some users, and now it’s the turn of the other Windows 10 core apps to receive a new icon.
In December 2019, Microsoft unveiled a range of icons for various Windows, Android and iOS apps such as the Edge browser. Unlike the current Windows 10 icons, the new ones have got colours, subtle finishes and materials to give Windows a new modern look
Microsoft is now rolling out Windows 10’s updated icons to testers enrolled in the Windows Insider program. In the coming weeks, you can expect the new icons to show up on your non-Insider machines as well.
The new icons follow Fluent Design principle and it is part of Microsoft’s plan to modernize the look of Windows.
Microsoft is currently testing colourful icons for the following apps:
- Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Excel.
- Mail & Calendar
- Alarms & Clock
- Voice Recorder
- Groove Music
- Movies & TV
In a future update, Microsoft will also introduce the new icons for Maps and People app.
Users need to update apps like Calculator, Voice Recover, Mail & Calendar, and Groove Music in the Microsoft Store to see the changes. After applying the Store updates, you’ll notice the new icons in the Start menu, taskbar, and the splash screen.
It appears that the whole rollout takes place in stages and you’ll see the modern icons in the coming hours if you’re part of Microsoft’s Insider program. For non-Insiders, Microsoft is expected to release new icons to complete the entire pack makeover next month.
These new icons have leaked online several times and Microsoft originally designed the colourful icons for Windows 10X only, which has a new icon-based Start menu layout.