Microsoft Finally Unlocks Creativity With the New Fluent Design (aka Project Neon)

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May 11, 2017
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Project Neon is all that we have been hearing about for the past few months. Microsoft’s upcoming design language for Windows 10 has been getting all kinds of love and hate with some comparing it with Metro and others thinking it’s the perfect mix of Material Design, Metro and Aero, giving us one of the best modern designs. But, no matter which side of the fence you currently belong to, there’s no denying the excitement for this new design language.

Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices group at Microsoft, announced Project Neon at the company’s Build 2017 conference in Seattle today. The company, however, isn’t calling it Neon anymore. The new design will be known as the Microsoft Fluent Design System.

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Introducing a new design system for the next wave of creativity across Windows devices. Fluent Design will deliver intuitive, harmonious, responsive and inclusive cross-device experiences and interactions.

We have been given some early looks thanks to the preview builds of Windows 10 Redstone 3, which now is being called as Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (damn, keeping up with names is getting harder in the Redmond-world). However, today’s the first time that Microsoft has talked about it officially, sharing not only what it wants to achieve with this new design but also an early video that gives a look at what should we expect from this new UI. One thing is certain, Fluent Design is not boring.

Here’s the official debut video of Microsoft Fluent Design System:

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We have already seen this new Fluent Design System through the updates coming to Windows 10 apps, including Photos, Calculator, My People, and Groove apps. The design updates to these apps have largely focused on introducing blur and hover animations. Microsoft said that developers too can now officially use the new Microsoft Fluent Design System to deliver engaging experiences.

In a blog post published today, Myerson wrote:

Today, there are many devices and platforms competing for our attention. We read the morning news on our tablets, check email on our phones, and use our desktop PCs at work. These devices all behave differently and fulfill different needs. From large screens to no screens, they rely on touch, ink, voice, gaze, and gesture. Every day, developers also face the challenge of a multi-device, multi-interaction world, and we are committed to simplifying this world with a modern Microsoft design system.

The new Microsoft Fluent Design System is Microsoft’s answer to developers’ troubles of creating expressive apps that work equally beautifully across a wide range of devices.

Insiders can expect to see more of the Fluent Design in several apps and different corners of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the first Windows 10 version to introduce this evolving new design language. Excited for Project Neon? Don’t forget to share your thoughts with us.

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