Windows 10 news recap: new design language, Samsung selling to Lenovo and more

Welcome to the second Windows 10 recap as OnMSFT. We are continuing the trend of our weekly “Windows 10 news recap” series where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Microsoft’s flagship operating system.

Project NEON

Microsoft has been struggling to satisfy the designers present in their communities, and it may finally change thanks to project NEON. People that used Windows Phone before the year 2015 should still remember how fluid, smooth and living the Metro design language was. It got replaced with a universal language called MDL2 (Microsoft Design Language 2) with the release of Windows 10 and it has yet to fill the gap that was left by its predecessor.

Microsoft's promotion of the Metro design language

The Project NEON is a focus towards unifying the different takes at design Microsoft’s services use and reduce the fragmented mess that it is today. It also focuses on bringing a new kind of 3D UI to Microsoft’s Windows 10 Holographic system where the UI would have a new way of functioning.

Lenovo could be buying Samsung’s PC business

The PC OEM behemoth, Lenovo, seems to be looking into expanding their hardware business even more meanwhile Samsung is doing the opposite. Lenovo stepped in the hardware market a few years ago when they acquired IBM’s hardware division and they quickly gained one of the top spots among the different PC brands out there. Samsung has had it pretty rough in the extremely competitive market recently where their phone division has had it much better, with minor issues, and therefore they may be thinking about leaving experimental and unstable markets in favour of subjects the company is more familiar with.

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This move would probably mean that the Samsung Ativ series and other Windows-powered products (aside from the Galaxy series) would stop existing or be continued under the Lenovo brand, similarly to what they did to IBM’s ThinkPad series.

Upcoming Windows 10 and Mobile builds will feature improved sharing

Both Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 desktop feature sharing menus that are just leftovers from their older siblings, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 and the system they are running on is very old with a lot of the app not working as intended. Thankfully a fix may be on its way.

A lot of small fixes and improvements have already surfaced with previous Insider Builds and seeing that smaller and less important parts of the system get updated is not all that surprising.

redBus is now available for Windows 10 PC’s

redBus is the largest online bus ticketing service in India, with a lot of users, and with the release of their Windows 10 app, tablet or desktop users can now access the service easily from their start menu with a native interface, specific features and a nice interface.

redbus-screenshot

The app was released very recently and is available as a download on the Windows Store, with a catch, as there is no Xbox, mobile or HoloLens version. However, it’s hard to imagine people ordering bus tickets from a holographic unit or a gaming console so the only users that are really missing out are the ones used to waiting.

This is it for the news this week, but we will have more so make sure to check back here in seven days.

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