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Microsoft is reviewing its Windows 10 icons



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Bits and pieces of Microsoft’s sweeping aesthetic changes to Windows 10, codenamed Sun Valley, have fallen over the past few months. OS will be support for Advanced Audio Codec (AAC) codec via Bluetooth, new folder iconsand reportedly a much-needed overhaul of its Microsoft Store user interface. (There may even be a new one default font for Word, because Calibri is apparently not good enough anymore.) But Microsoft is also finally getting rid of remnants of Windows 95 that are somehow stuck in 25 years: custom folder icons.

According to Windows Latest, The Sun Valley update expected later this year, modernizes the additional folder icons in the Shell32.DLL module, the module that has existed in all Windows operating systems since Windows 95. If in doubt about what it is, you create a new folder on your windows 10 desktop. Right-click on it, go to Properties, click the Customize tab, and then click the Change Icon button at the bottom. The little window that pops up with all these icons? They have been around since the mid 90’s and will soon get a facelift.

Microsoft has made quiet subtle changes to a few of these icons over the years, but nothing so robust has what comes to Windows 10. Classic icons like hibernation and floppy disks look completely different, though they have been modernized to match the style of the new Drive and Trash desktop icons in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21343.

Like these icons, almost all of the new icons in the Shell32.DLL module are all front-facing, and I have to say that they look nice. It’s time for Microsoft to change the old CRT screen to its sleep icon and change it to a sleek ISP screen. (That’s what I imagine it is anyway.) But the story tech nerd in me appreciates that Microsoft did not completely get rid of all the icons with a floppy disk on, even though normal consumers no longer need them.

There are many more icons available than what Windows Central displays, such as a CD-RW, MSN Explorer, and iPod-esque icon, but they are particularly outdated. It’s not clear what Microsoft intends to do with them when Sun Valley rolls out to all Windows 10 users, but we could hear more at Microsoft’s Build conference later this month.


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