A screenshot was published on Twitter by Zac Bowden of Windows Central. According to it, Microsoft would be working on a makeover in the Windows 10 interface that would feature rounded corners. As a result, Bill Gates’ “Fluent Design” would lose its most distinctive design brand.
An updated centered search UI is in testing with 20H1. This time, with ROUNDED CORNERS pic.twitter.com/s2TBsDlsji
— Zac Bowden (@zacbowden) May 1, 2019
Bowden says the changes should begin to happen with the major upgrade that Microsoft has scheduled for the first half of 2020 for its operating system. With this, elements such as the central search system would already bring a new look, following the theme of rounded corners.
We do not know if this “rounding” will only affect windows and larger elements. But it is possible that icons and other smaller graphic representations are also remodeled to fit the new theme. Will Live Tiles die?
Another indication that this is really the direction Microsoft plans to follow in the coming years is the Chromium-based Edge. The browser is still in the early stages of development. It already has a more rounded look. This leaves behind much of the original Fluent Design heritage.
Microsoft went on this wave with the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Phone in 2009. It was an attempt to differentiate themselves from Google and Apple. And it followed completely different design patterns. A few years later, Android started to follow a line more similar to Windows with Material Design. And iOS eventually accompanied the competition.
However, neither Google nor Apple left the rounded corners totally behind like Microsoft. And now it is the creator of all this movement that will follow the wave of competitors.