Just like Google and Material Design, Microsoft has officially announced its “Microsoft Fluent Design System” framework from which apps developers can base their projects for use across desktop, tablet, mobile platforms, and even virtual reality apps.
The announcement which came some days ago mentions that a few of these design features will be included in their Fall Creators Update. The framework serves as a replacement for Metro/Modern UI, which they say should help build more engaging apps.
The above photo gives us a decent idea of what one of these apps should look like. Here are two other previews which were leaked earlier this year (when it was then known as Project Neon).
Like Material Design, Microsoft Fluent Design System (or “Fluent” for short) has core elements on which apps should be designed around.
- Light: Draws your attention, or guides you through an experience
- Depth: Helps you understand how things relate to one another
- Motion: Establishes context, shows how different pieces of content are related
- Material: Adds physicality and texture, maybe even skeuomorphism
- Scale: Consider and create for 2D and 3D, instead of just the former.
Microsoft promised to put a serious effort into developing this platform after they left many Metro developers in the dust with a very poor framework.
Windows 10 will benefit from Fluent design, but they are planning to implement it as part of an evolutionary plan, so don’t expect it to drop as a massive update in the short term. Rather, we would see apps slowly benefiting from these design changes over the next few years.
Now from MS to do away with its classic framework.