Up until recently, Microsoft’s Windows development team has been rather cagey about the details on the upcoming evolution of the company’s flagship operating system, so creative graphic and UI designers have rushed to fill the void of anticipation with their own takes on how the company can advance the platform visually and functionally.
Thanks to a few high-level mentions that include @Daniel_Rubino and @tomwarren, we’ve seen a recent Twitter thread posted by @zeealeid who is a self-proclaimed “tech geek who knows a bit about design” surfaced and offered, yet another visual perspective of where the Windows development and UX team could put some design focus on subsequent updates to the platform.
@zeealeid focuses on transforming the current Windows Update settings and prompts with a much more robust display of information to presumably walk users through the update process while also giving them finer controls over when and what gets updated in Windows.
[Thread] Here's a redesigned Windows Update page. It has a new layout and gives you more control over the updates.
— Zee-Al-Eid Ahmad Rana 🎨 (@zeealeid) January 23, 2020
Diving further, @zeealeid also pins a few more shots detailing a proposed update process in his vision of a new Windows 10 update setting that includes, the ability to customize which bits are actually installed, set up of Windows update scans, detailed updates page, updated progress, and ETA visuals, as well as taskbar and new Start Menu prompts.
As with all design concepts, there is a bit of fantasy that runs askew of actual engineering but @zeealeid’s concepts seem thoroughly thought through and considerate of relatively realistic design goals that can be taken up by the Windows UI and UX team.
A little over 24 hours ago, an update to Windows 10 SDK was released with support for dual screens and hints at what might be coming down the pipe with Windows 10X and since then videos have surfaced showcasing what users might come to expect from the updated platform.
So far, the videos only tease a handful of application functionality, but the Windows Start experience displayed in the teases looks very similar to that from several fan-made concepts, so there is some hope that the Windows team may be aligning their updated UI with that of some more outstanding concept designs from its fan community.