Microsoft Previews New Windows 10 Icon Design

Windows 10 is getting an overdue (and weird) makeover

Microsoft launches new colorful Windows 10 icons

These icons will be phased in over the next couple of months through app updates via the Microsoft Store and via release previews of Windows 10.

Microsoft has come under fire several times lately for using ancient icons in Windows 10, some of them even dating back to the Windows 98 era, but it looks like this isn't something that only the Redmond-based software giant does in an operating system.

Microsoft today announced the release of Windows 10 Preview Build 19569.1000 for Insiders in the Fast ring. It's a part of what the corporate describes as a "multi-year effort throughout Microsoft's design groups to revamp our icons".

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As with all Microsoft rollouts, not everyone will see these new icons at the same time but should begin to see them over the next couple of days. Updates to a variety of Windows 10 integrated applications are available for Windows 10 Fast Ring testers today, with new application icons that follow Microsoft's fluid design principles.

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As reported by, for some people these icons have already started rolling out to Insider builds.

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Microsoft has now developed its icons to higher mirror its cross-platform strategy, whereas sticking to the familiarity of what Home windows customers are used to. You can find the full change log below. We don't yet know if more designs care coming for other apps, including a new Windows logo.

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