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It’s no longer hip to be square. Rounded corners are coming to Windows 10 201H1

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It’s no longer hip to be square. Rounded corners are coming to Windows 10 201H1






Microsoft wanted to differentiate themselves from the iPhone by launching Windows Phone with square icons in 2009, with the whole operating system featuring brutal and austere sharp corners.


Despite the limited success of Windows Phone, this design style eventually infected Windows 8, likely being in part responsible for the rejection of that operating system by the public. Live Tiles is still one of the least popular elements in Windows 10, but according to the WC’s Zac Bowden, Microsoft may finally be softening their stance on rounded corners, making the next major version of Windows 10 less user-hostile.


He posted the above picture from the new search console in Windows 10 201H1 and said:


“The rounded corners are coming to Fluent Design. You’ll see it all over Windows, Xbox, Office, and other products in the coming months/years.”


According to Bowden, the new Chromium-based Edge browser’s rounded tabs are another sign of things to come, and of Microsoft’s move away from squares.


The move is long overdue – while designers loved Metro, it has been clear that very little from everyone else did.




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Curious what becomes of the Start Menu tiles in this... umm... backward transition to pre Windows 8 design. Hope they part with their "white icon on top of a solid color background" design, too. Never been a fan of that.

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Well, just look at this cacophony of design styles.

There is absolutely no continuity, not even within Office or Windows system or whatever.

The new Office Filetype icons does not even match the new App icon design style.

Access still has the old icon and in the in app UI style also has a different look and feel.

Then look at the Windows start menu, ugly solids behind either flat white icons or semi 3D icons.. my goodness.. and line icons on the left!

MS should pull up its pants and get the basics right. Start with a likeable UI and UX.. hire some design student it will be easy to fix.



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