New Windows 11 theme celebrates the Pantone Color of the Year 2022

Laurent Giret

Microsoft has released a new Windows theme to celebrate the Pantone Color of the Year 2022. For those unfamiliar with Pantone, the company is renowned for its industry-leading color matching technology, and its Color of the Year 2022 will is now available throughout Windows, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Teams, and PowerPoint.

Pantone describes its Color of the Year 2022 as “a dynamic periwinkle blue hue with a vivifying violet red undertone.” Microsoft used this new color to craft a free Windows theme with four images of the Windows 11 bloom re-imagined using the new blue shade, also named Pantone 17-3938 Veri Peri.

“Periwinkle blues are special in that they encompass the trusted and dependable qualities of the blues, yet their purple cast makes them feel more playful and joyous. This simultaneous message of credibility and excitement sets an ideal tone for creative collaboration and personal expression, which are needed more than ever at work,” the Microsoft Design team explained.

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In addition to this new Pantone Color of the Year 2022 Windows theme, you can also find the new color in new official Teams backgrounds, PowerPoint templates, as well on a new theme for Microsoft Edge you can see above. “Throughout 2022, this color will show up everywhere we need it most in our refreshed Microsoft workplace tool kit, infusing a sense of possibility throughout,” the Microsoft design team said.