Microsoft has released Build 9879 of the Windows 10 Technical preview and it’s actually more buggy than the last one. As it was with Build 9860, some features originally revealed at the official unveiling of Windows 10 but not released immediately, have been enabled with this new build. Windows 10 is also under going what can best be described as an interface change though the changes are far less extreme and really just a reinforcement of the Modern UI. Four UI changes caught our eye are the new folder icons, the battery indicator on both the lock screen and in the system tray, the new hamburger style buttons on Modern apps, and the refined look of the Notification Center.
This may not qualify as a visual change but it certainly isn’t a new feature. It’s more a refinement of the Notification Center. In the previous build, the notifications were sorted by app name but were headed by an odd number to indicate the app. With the new build, that’s been fixed. The notifications are now duly sorted under the head of their respective app name.
The Battery Indicator
The battery indicator on both the lock screen and the system tray has changed a bit; the battery is now on its side with a plug next to it.
New Hamburger Button On Modern Apps
In older versions, a three dot button in the title bar allowed users to access the share, search, app settings, and full screen options in a Modern app. According to Microsoft, the buttons weren’t very noticeable so they changed it to three stacked lines. The button doesn’t do anything new that it didn’t do in the previous build.
This is going to be the first thing you notice after the update. Folders with images in them appear with small (exceptionally small) previews of the images in them. The folder icon looks like a much flatter version of the old icon and it has been rotated at degrees. I can’t say if it looks any better or any worse than the old icons but it’s a visual difference nevertheless.
Have you noticed anything new about the Windows 10 UI?