Over the past several months, we’ve been reporting about rounded corners for the top-level UI components in Windows 10. Based on references spotted in the preview builds and reports from the rumour mill, it’s clear that Microsoft is planning to make this design language a standard in Windows 10 with the Sun Valley update.
The interface changes were first accidentally highlighted in screenshots posted by Microsoft in the Tips app for Windows 10. The mockups, which were deleted after our report, showed off Windows 10 Settings app with a more modern look.
While adding rounded corners to apps and windows may not sound that groundbreaking, in the leaked images and mockups we’ve seen so far, it actually can make a big difference, with apps looking less severe, and giving the Windows 10 interface a more ‘friendly’ look and feel – even with advanced apps like the Terminal.
If this new look is indeed going to be included in the Windows 10 21H2 Sun Valley Update, then expect it to arrive in the second half of 2021.
Microsoft was recently hiring for a Senior Software Engineer to help with, according to the job posting, a “a sweeping visual rejuvenation of Windows experiences” — so as nice as rounded corners look, it’s unlikely to be the only big UI change.
Besides updating the interface, Microsoft has also been doing some Spring cleaning of lesser-used Windows 10 apps. 3D Viewer and Paint 3D were recently removed in a Windows 10 Insider Preview Build, paving the way for either Sun Valley or a regular Windows 10 update to remove the unloved software.
According to various leaks and reports, a big Windows 10 redesign codenamed “Sun Valley” update is coming in the second half of 2021. As per job listings, Microsoft is working on “a sweeping visual rejuvenation of Windows experiences” and new inbox (first-party) apps for Windows 10.