One of the biggest overall design updates comes to Windows 10 users with the Fall Creators Update. The Fluent Design System (FDS) is being introduced in this update, albeit in small ways. Unless websites like ours point them out to you, chances are you won’t even notice them yourself.
In the future, the Fluent Design System will change the way apps, software, and the Windows 10 OS are designed and how they evolve over time. Let’s look at what Microsoft’s Fluent Design System is and where it pops up in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
What is Microsoft’s Fluent Design System?
The Fluent Design System is a design language that will integrate throughout the Microsoft ecosystem, including its standalone apps, Xbox gaming consoles, and other devices.
Starting with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft is slowly introducing the design language into Windows 10 for users.
“We’re bringing more dimension to everyday moments. More fluidity and expression,” says Marianne Giesemann, Senior Designer, Microsoft.
As Microsoft has begun designing its Universal Windows Platform (UWP), FDS follows in its footsteps as a design language for those wanting to play around in the Microsoft ecosystem.
Microsoft wants developers to design apps that are fluid in their ecosystem, giving guidelines in all areas of designs, functionality, and more. These building blocks help bring apps to life in Windows 10 and beyond for those using them every day.
To learn more about Microsoft’s design language requirements, visit their website here.
Where is the Fluid Design System in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?
The two FDS features introduced in the Fall Creators Update are aptly called Acrylic and Reveal.
Acrylic updates the transparency/blur functionality that originally was introduced in Windows Vista along with the Windows 7 Aero effect many Windows users love.
Reveal is a highlight effect specific to app menus and cursor usage. Several new animations and parallax effects were introduced, too.
“There’s a multi-sensory movement in design. We type, touch, ink, and speak. We’re surrounded by devices. This is an opportunity to look at a complex world, and make it more eloquent,” says Tim Allen, Partner Director of Design, Microsoft
Microsoft wants Windows 10, and all its apps and devices, to come alive for users as they move away from how computers and handhelds have traditionally been used. No longer will you interact in just a 2D environment, but a 3D and alive environment around you.
Imagine apps that move, flow, and interact with you depending on what input device you’re using. Think beyond how you use your PC now and how it’ll work in tandem with you to give you a new experience as you play games, communicate, and use your devices.
Closing Thoughts About the Fluid Design System
Although the introduction to the Fluent Design System in the Fall Creators Update is a small window to the future, Microsoft is beginning to think big picture in how one of its devices interacts, looks, and feels with all others.
Expect more integration of the FDS concept as bigger Windows updates come in the future. This is an evolution in design for Microsoft and the future will show just what FDS can do for users.