It looks like Microsoft’s Windows 10 File Explorer is getting a makeover in the near future. The company has started rolling out a special trial version of Windows 10 that adjusts the default folder icons and file types, giving the overall operating system a new look.
It’s all part of an attempt to make potentially hazy designs easier to identify, according to Windows Insider Director Amanda Langowski, who notes in a Windows blog post that even the iconic recycle bin is undergoing a metamorphosis.
Purists shouldn’t worry too much about new designs. While a “patch” likely conjures up images indicative of a number of major and drastic changes, that’s not the case with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21343.
For the most part, it appears that the icons are being shifted front and center to make the images they represent more clearly visible. However, Microsoft is already working to make changes to several of its icons in general, and they look very different than you expected.
“Several changes, such as the orientation of the default folder icons and file type icons, have been made to achieve greater consistency across Microsoft products that display files,” Langowski said. “In particular, the top-level user folders, such as Desktop, Documents, Downloads and Pictures, have a new design that should make it a little easier to distinguish them at a glance.”
For example, a side view of a full Recycle Bin changes to a front image, and a hard drive viewed from the side shifts to the front, similar to what you might see on a Mac. These are subtle differences, but users certainly they will notice.
Changes are certainly coming, beyond these specific icon settings. Microsoft is still considering implementing a “visual rejuvenation of Windows” for the foreseeable future in the form of a plan called “Sun Valley.” It’s all part of an effort to communicate to users that “Windows is back,” at least according to a job posting from January. discovered by The Verge. Microsoft subsequently announced a series of events throughout this year to focus on various aspects of your plans for Windows, games, and cloud services in the coming months.
For now, it seems like Windows 10’s changes are tailored to the icons you use every day. But sometime in the future “radical changes” are coming for a new look for Windows.