Modernizing small parts

Windows 10 21H2 to include new Fluent Design system icons

Microsoft introduces new system icons to modernize small parts of Windows 10, and they are coming with version 21H2.

Windows 10 21H1 new system icons

Microsoft is bringing new system icons to modernize some of the visual elements of Windows 10 21H2. In a new preview (build 21327) of the operating system available for testers in the Dev Channel, the company introduces a new set of modern icons that use the Fluent Design language.

The new icons are part of the new Segoe Fluent Icons font, and they include rounded and simplified designs.  The new system icons are available in the Start menu and the Settings app.

For example, in the Start menu, you will find the new icons in the left navigation pane.

Start menu Fluent Design icons
Start menu Fluent Design icons

In the Settings app, the Fluent Design icons are everywhere, including the homepage for each settings category.

Settings app Fluent Design icons
Settings app Fluent Design icons

Also, each page and most of the settings now feature a new modern icon.

Settings page new icons
Settings page new icons

While these new icons are available in the Dev Channel, which is not tied to any specific release, it is expected that they will ship with the Sun Valley update (version 21H2) during the second half of the year.

System icons build 21327
System icons build 21327 / source: Microsoft

In addition to new icons, Microsoft is also planning more significant changes for the second semi-annual update to help modernize Windows 10 even further. Some of which include more tweaks for the Settings app, and an updated Start menu that floats above the taskbar with rounded corners for tiles. Buttons, controls, and sliders are also expected to be redesigned. We are going to see improvements for context menus and tweaks for the action center.

The File Explorer and default apps are also expected to include some visual changes to help make the experience more modern and consistent, and much more.