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According to a new report, Microsoft is working on a big Windows 10 design refresh that will be rolled out to the public through an update later this year. The company is said to be making some major changes to the user interface elements of its operating system. Among other things, it’s said to rely on more animations and visual blurring elements, not unlike those it used back in the Aero Glass UI days of Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

The report, which also features leaked screenshots, mentions that Microsoft is internally referring to this as Project Neon.

The screenshots claim to show some of the ideas that Microsoft is currently throwing around before deciding on a direction to take with Project Neon. One of the concepts features the ability to blue certain parts of the navigation areas of apps.

It’s also mentioned that Microsoft is working on a new UI component called “Acrylic” which will be applied to the overall Windows 10 design. This new component is said to be geared towards developers to make it easier for them to tweak the appearance of their universal apps.

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From the looks of it, Microsoft may not be overhauling the entire user interface of Windows 10, but the changes will be significant enough to warrant attention. It’s unclear right now when the update that brings Project Neon to the public will arrive. Microsoft will likely talk more about this at the Build developers conference in May this year.

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