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[Download] Windows 10 Redstone 4 Preview with Fluent Design


The Fall Creators update is not the only major update that will come to Windows 10. In fact,  Microsoft is working on a new Windows 10 version named Redstone 4. Windows 10 already has a semi-annual release schedule, in March and September. The Fall Creators upgrade should be launched in October, while the upcoming version (1803) is expected in March 2017.

Some Windows Insiders already had a chance to take a look at the latest preview and it appears that there are some new additions when it comes to Microsoft’s design language. Here is what the new preview revealed:

Redstone 4 comes with improvements

Many users complained about the Edge browser when it came to the address bar, and the tab preview for PDF also had its problems. However, Redstone 4 will change those things, and it will also fix the text search field and some of the shortcuts that were not working.

Some apps and features receive Fluent Design elements

The Start Menu will get the Reveal effect. This effect modifies lighting and it will make the elements that have an action more obvious. This change will be seen when you mouse over certain buttons While Microsoft posted only a picture, a new video posted by Windows Central showed how moving your mouse over Start Menu buttons will make them appear in a grey tinted box. When the user actually clicks them, a circular light pulse will appear. Action Center also receives some new design elements.

Fluent Design comes with Acrylic Material

This means that the upcoming Windows 10 version will come with some new things like connected animations, a layered, opaque effect for apps and Parallax 3D effects. This should make transition scenes smoother for users.

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