Microsoft Gradually Rolls Out Colorful Windows 10 Icons to Insiders

Windows 10 New Icons Logo

As you may remember, Microsoft is actively working on a new iconset for Windows 10. The new icons were expected to be used in Windows 10X, a special edition of the OS for dual-screen devices. It looks like the Redmond software giant is interested in collecting users' feedback regarding the new icon design, so some of Insiders are seeing them in action.

A Reddit post reveals the latest Windows 10 build 19546 with new colorful icons for the apps pinned to the taskbar. The user MSFTBear was lucky to get them in his setup. Here is a screenshot:

As you can see in the screenshot above, the built-in modern apps like Mail, Calendar, Photos,  among others, already feature the new icons. The Start menu icon hasn't changed yet to the new colorful logo.

Update: It looks like the icons weren't enabled by Microsoft but with a third-party app, StartIsBack. One of its recent features is the ability to activate the new icons system-wide.

These colorful icons were initially designed for Windows 10X, a special edition of the OS for Surface Neo. All the icons follow the modern Fluent Design. Surface Neo is Microsoft's very own foldable PC, which comes with a detachable keyboard, Surface Slim Pen inking. It will run Windows 10X. It will feature two 9” screens connected by a 360° hinge.

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

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.

For comparison, the older version looks as follows:

Office Sway

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




Windows Maps

Mobile Plans

Feedback Hub


File Explorer

Groove Music

Solitaire Collection

Movies & TV

MSN Weather





Snip & Sketch


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

MS Office icons

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

Mail and Calendar apps for Android

The next screenshot demonstrate the new Start Menu layout with a few new icons.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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