Nov 17 2020 10:42 AM - edited Nov 17 2020 12:32 PM
Nov 17 2020 10:42 AM - edited Nov 17 2020 12:32 PM
Hello Edge Insider community!
We recently released the first of many visual updates we have planned for Edge as we modernize and evolve our design language. First, we’re focusing on our core system iconography which hasn’t been updated since the days of our second Microsoft Design Language (MDL2), circa 2014. This has been a Microsoft-wide design initiative and it was important for Edge to be early adopters of the new, open-source Fluent Design System icons which were announced at the 2020 Build conference. This effort covers more than two hundred icons, many of which have been custom made for Edge.
The new icon system builds off the visual design updates first seen in our refreshed Microsoft app icons, which includes the latest Edge logo. We’re now rolling out the first of 2 phases to update the app iconography. This phase will impact many of our high-touch user interfaces, including tabs, address bar, as well as navigational and wayfinding icons found in our various menus.
There were many reasons we felt this effort was worth our attention, but most notably our motivations were to start modernizing the look & feel of the user interface. The new Fluent iconography system provides functional optimizations for user experience as each icon is based on a standard keyline and grid. This will improve scannability as you browse menus and navigation. We’ve also seen optimized rendering across platforms and devices so no matter which device you’re browsing the web on the icons will appear sharp and easy to read. Lastly, if you’re a Microsoft 365 user you’ll start to see more coherence between Edge and other great products you probably already use, such as Outlook for iOS and Android where these icons are already in use.
The next phase of this work will cover the remaining product surfaces that aren’t being covered in phase one, which are Developer Tools and our Extension experience. Additional to iconography, we know that there are many elements that represent Fluent design. Over the next few months we’ll be actively exploring ways that we can create a more beautiful, expressive, moving, browsing experiences for all our users. Our goal is to make something unique to browsers, while delivering a modern look and feel that matches Microsoft 365 and our brand personality. We hope you’ll love the new iconography as much as we do, and as always please share your thoughts with us so we can continue to improve and evolve.
To send us feedback, head to the ... menu in the top right of your browser > Help and feedback > Send feedback. Or, feel free to leave comments on this post as well.
- Irina Litvin, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Edge
Nov 17 2020 11:44 AM
Nov 17 2020 11:48 AM
Nov 17 2020 12:20 PM
@IrinaL Will the Reveal effect be done?, that in the winUI3 is presenting that option. and the acrylic option will be made? or you can make it as a theme for those who want to have that design..
Nov 17 2020 12:43 PM - edited Nov 17 2020 12:44 PM
@IrinaL I already sent feedback but here's a bug: the new tab is not round. I have the latest version: 88.0.702.0.
Nov 17 2020 12:46 PM
@IrinaL This is great; I really like the new "tab" icon and the refresh icon (even though it's just been rotated a bit) but why is the folder icon in the bookmarks bar going to different from the recently updated folder icon in my Windows 10 Start Menu? They share the same visual style, which I'm very happy to see, but they aren't actually the same, which just seems odd.
Nov 17 2020 12:59 PM
Nov 17 2020 03:10 PM - edited Nov 17 2020 06:43 PM
Will the rest of Windows and other non-mobile apps across the Microsoft ecosystem also be getting icon updates? The rest of Windows uses the icon set in the stable builds of Edge, and I'd hate to see Edge be the only Windows app to get an icon change and be even more inconsistent with Windows design than it already is. [EDIT: looking more closely here, it looks like the new icons are going to be the same across all of Microsoft]
Nov 17 2020 08:11 PM
@IrinaL The new fluent design icons are smooth, curvy, and amazing. Just looking at them feels satisfying. But, like always, there's a catch. I don't know if this is a bug or not, but I'll upload a screenshot of what I found.
Isn't the circled logo still the older one instead of the new one?
I'm running Edge Version 88.0.702.0 (Official build) dev (64-bit).
Is anyone else having this issue?
Nov 17 2020 09:21 PM
@IrinaLIt has Edge on the name and you are removing all the sharp edges. Please stop rounding up the corners. It's becoming more and more like Chrome. Atleast it's not as round as Chrome though.
Nov 17 2020 09:23 PM
Nov 17 2020 09:31 PM
@Gekkouga Edge doesn't mean corner, or typical edges. It means staying on the bleeding edge of browser technology -_-
Also, having rounded features does not make edge similar to chrome.
The roundness is different in both of them, and will never be the same.
Edge is making is look even better. Also, the fluent design is moving towards sleek, smooth, round icons, and much more.
So it makes sense to see things from a better perspective.
Nov 18 2020 02:06 AM
Nov 18 2020 06:13 AM