Microsoft has officially announced the next major update to Windows 10, just weeks after the Creators Update started rolling out.
The Fall Creators Update will arrive later this year, most likely in September.
It’s expected to have a more immediate impact on day-to-day users than , which was released in April and mainly focused on improving security.
Gadgets and tech news in pictures Gadgets and tech news in pictures
The Fall Creators Update will introduce Microsoft’s newly announced Fluent Design System, formerly known as Project Neon.
The company is set to dramatically alter the Windows user interface, though the Fall Creators Update will form the first leg of a lengthy journey.
“Fluent Design will deliver intuitive, harmonious, responsive and inclusive cross-device experiences and interactions,” said Terry Myerson, the executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and devices group.
“For developers, Fluent Design is built to help you create more expressive and engaging apps that work across a wide range of device and input diversity.”
Microsoft says users should expect to see less static boxes and more animations, but has been deliberately vague on details.
The company has mentioned a range of “fundamentals” for Fluent Design System, which are: light, depth, motion, material and scale.
Its major aim, however, is to create an interface that delivers a consistent experience across a range of devices, including computers, tablets, smartphones and mixed reality headsets.
A screenshot purporting to show off the new Windows 10 interface was leaked earlier this year, and a number of small but significant tweaks.
Microsoft appears to be preparing to ditch both window borders and the title bar, while changes also seem to be in store for the minimise, restore/maximise and close buttons.