Microsoft is actively working on a user interface update for Windows 10 called Project Neon. We first heard about the update last November but now, we’ve got some visuals to share courtesy of the crew over at MSPoweruser.
Project Neon is said to largely focus on things like animations, simplicity and consistency, or as the publication notes, it essentially brings back Aero Glass from Windows 7 and mixes it with some Windows Phone 7 / 8 animation elements.
One new component, dubbed Acrylic, appears to be little more than selective background / sidebar / in-app blurring. It apparently works well with other effects, namely Conscious UI and Connected Animations. The latter effect is already in use in Microsoft’s Groove Music app for Windows Insiders where the size of an artist’s profile picture changes as you scroll.
Changes aren’t limited to the desktop, however, as Microsoft is also working in tweaks for 3D and HoloLens interactions. As seen below, the mouse cursor exhibits a subtle glow or background when hovering over navigation items.
MSPoweruser’s Mehedi Hassan said he’s seen a few video concepts of Project Neon and described some of the animations as being “stupendously smooth.” Then again, Hassan highlights the fact that these are early plans and concepts which could (and probably will) look difference once they make their way into a public build.