Microsoft's Outlook Mail app will soon get the Fluent Design treatment

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 15, 2017

Termed by Microsoft as the Fluent Design Language, the new design theme aims to make Windows 10 a pleasant experience rather than exclusively a productivity oriented OS. It's based on five fundamentals: light, depth, motion, material, and scale.

Microsoft has already started implementing part of its new design language in the Photos app of the Windows 10.

Microsoft will gradually roll out Fluent Design across its own apps, starting with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

What makes this Fluent Design interesting are the allusions to Motion controls. Microsoft is talking a lot about Windows 10 Creators update, the Windows Store, and the future of the Microsoft. The company's Paul Gusmorino and Bojana Ostojic showed off some of the apps that'll be getting the new Fluent Design System sometime soon - including the Outlook Mail & Calendar apps, Microsoft Edge, Xbox, OneNote and the My People experience.

Microsoft has published details about Fluent Design's Acrylic transparency effect and related tools, which Microsoft recommends for in-app navigation and commanding elements. There was no major change to the File Explorer in Windows over the past versions of the OS. Apart from Windows, iOS, and Android apps, Fluent Design System will also govern the look of apps compatible with devices like HoloLens. You can read this article to know how to join the fast ring of Windows 10 Insider program to grab the new features before everyone else. This highlights the relationship between objects and elements. One of the biggest problems with the current Windows 10 design is the fact that it isn't consistent at all - there are around 3-4 different designs for the context menu, first-party apps use different shades of background colors, and alignment of elements in apps is all over the place.

Material: Material allows to control an element's texture and change as one interacts with it. While it's in the early days, the mockups surely look cool. Don't forget to share your feedback with us.

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