It is something that the team working on Windows 10X should take inspiration from.
This latest release that is coming to a whole array of Macs later this year is a comprehensive cosmetic update from the group up.
Big Sur adopts the same aesthetic that Apple has going for its iOS and iPadOS platforms for quite some time. And the first thing you notice is that the operating system has absolute consistency across its apps, icons, and other UI elements that make up the experience.
Of course, this is something that Microsoft has struggled with in recent years.
Redmond has been working on what it calls the Fluent Design system for quite a bit now. It’s a neat, modern design philosophy, but what doesn’t help things is that Fluent Design itself has changed quite a bit significantly midway through the journey.
Instead of bringing about a complete overhaul of the Windows operating platform, quickly, this design philosophy is now about creating cross-platform elements that work no matter the capability of the platform in question.
To make matters horribly worse, there seems to be no universal push across the various teams within Microsoft to adopt this design scheme.
And when they do, they all put their own spin on what Fluent Design is supposed to stand for. This not only results in an inconsistent UI across the various apps and shell elements within Windows 10, it also makes everything feels disjointed.
Windows 10X is a step forward in this direction to create a consistent, clean, and minimalist UI for the most modern version of Windows. But the inconsistent adaptation of Fluent Design is still a problem in this upcoming platform.
And this is something Microsoft needs to urgently address now.
Because if Apple can do an entire cosmetic redesign in just one release, Microsoft has no excuse.