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Microsoft gives Windows 10 a retouch from its 26-year-old icons

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Windows 10 will be having a new look on its icons from the Windows 95 era, such as the hibernation mode, globe networking, floppy disk drive, and memory icons.

Redesign project codenamed “Sun Valley,” is part of a major visual overhaul of Windows 10 21H2 update coming in October, a pre-release version which Microsoft made available to developers this week in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21343.

The pre-release version shows changes to some of its less useful icons, into modern, touch-friendly and presumably fall in line with the visual of other updated icons.

Flat screens and touchscreens have replaced outdated CRT monitors and trackball mice. Some icons look the same but have a modern touch look, such as Floppy disk drive and diskette.

These new set of modern icons are visible in folders/ options/ buttons inside the Shell32.DLL main shell module.

This update is complete with a brand-new File Explorer, Start Menu, Taskbar, and Action Center. Some old icons remain unchanged, for example, the preview build still has WinDirStat old tree as an icon.

Windows Tablet users will also get a redesigned virtual keyboard with better access to emojis. (Lovelyn B. Cabusao, intern)

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