Colorful Windows 10 Icons Reach Non-Insiders

Microsoft is known for making new colorful icons for Windows 10. The new icons were expected to be used in a special edition of the OS for dual-screen devices, Windows 10X. However, Microsoft has made icons available across the entire Windows 10 family. Starting today, the new icons are coming to non-Insiders with app updates from the Store.

Windows 10 New Icons 1

The new icons have been initially found by enthusiasts, but recently Microsoft officially introduced them. With new icons, Microsoft pursuits a goal to develop a flexible and open design system to span a range of contexts, to signal innovation and change while maintaining familiarity for customers.

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Also, Microsoft is trying to resolve Windows icon inconsistency, as it includes many icons from previous Windows versions, including Windows XP, Windows 2000, and even Windows 95. Certain icons, while being modern, just don't fit the design style of the OS.

Windows Insiders have received their first set of new icons with Windows 10 Build 19569, featuring the new icons for Calculator, Mail & Calendar, Alarms & Clock, Voice Recorder, Groove Music, and Movies & TV.

The Windows 10 Start menu showing many of the newly designed icons for the built-in apps.

The first wave of apps that are getting the new icons outside of the Insider Preview rings includes Mail and Calendar.

Colorful Mail Fuent Big Icon 2020Calendar Icon

We can expect more icons for first-party apps to come in the near future.

Also, Microsoft is making similar colorful icons for their modern Office suite, Office 365, available by subscription and as an online app.

All the known icons are below.

Sticky Notes

Sticky Notes Colorful Icons

Photos app (November 22, 2019)

The app has received a new colorful icon, will be available for both Core and Desktop editions of Windows 10.

Photos New Icon

For comparison, the older version looks as follows:

Photos App Icon 256 Colorful

Office Sway

Sway Icon Big Fluent 256

Note: Office Sway is a presentation program and is part of the Microsoft Office family of products. Sway was offered for general release by Microsoft in August 2015. It allows users who have a Microsoft account to combine text and media to create a presentable website.

Microsoft Stream

Microsoft Stream Fluent Colorful Icon

Calculator

Windows 10 Calculator Fluent Icon Big 256

People

People Colorful Fluent Icon

Alarms

Alarms Colorful Fluent Icon

Windows Maps

Maps Coloful Fluent Icon

Mobile Plans

Mobile Plan OneConnect Cellular Signal Icon

Feedback Hub

Feedback Hub Fluent Coloful Icon Big 256

Whiteboard

Microsoft Whiteboard Colorful Fluent Icon Big 256

File Explorer

File Explorer Fluent Icon

Groove Music

Groove Music Fluent Design Icon

Solitaire Collection

Solitaire Fluent Icon

Movies & TV

Movies And TV Icon

MSN Weather

MSN Weather Icon

 

Mail

Mail Icon

Calendar

Calendar Icon

Camera

Camera Icon

Snip & Sketch

Snip Sketch Icon

Planner

Microsoft Planner has received a new icon, following the designs of icons for PowerPoint, OneNote, Calendar for Android, Teams, and Yammer.

Microsoft Planner Icon

MS Office icons

Also, see Microsoft Office Icons Are Getting a New Look.

Office Icons

Mail and Calendar apps for Android

Mail And Calendar

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4 thoughts on “Colorful Windows 10 Icons Reach Non-Insiders

  1. Bruno

    Looks good, except I don’t use the Microsoft store, and never will. I will move to Linux before using that store.

    What I want in Windows 10 is an option to show a full/flat thumbnail image on the folders, as it was in XP.

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  2. jon deaux

    These pretty new icons are all well and good, but I STILL want to be able to change the color of the icon label behind the icon text like Macs used to be able to do before I was forced to switch to Windows because Adobe discontinued the Mac versions of the programs that I use for work. Being able to change the icon label color made it easier to see the icon text when using a photo or drawing as a desktop background, and allowed the use of icon label colors as a form of project management.

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  3. Matt

    Where are these “Colorful Icons” in MS Store?
    I did a search for them in MS Store an they are nowhere to be found.
    Thanks,
    Matt

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    1. dzek

      you don’t install these icons,

      it just means that apps from the store will get the update with the icons. so if you update Mail app (or windows will update it for you) the icon will change for that specific app

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