Windows 10 Leaked Screenshots: New UI, 3D Live Tiles

Some new screenshots of Windows 10 seem to have leaked online, and the images have some new stories to tell if they are real. We get to see a revamped UI from the last time we saw what Windows 10 could be like, to new 3D Live Tiles.

The images come in from a Chinese source, giving us a look at some of the unannounced changes Windows 10 could purportedly pack when it’s finally released somewhere this summer. One change that will instantly strike into every Windows user’s mind, is the return of the Aero Glass feature, or well, something close to it. Aero Glass was a transparent and blurry glass effect that was introduced with Windows Vista, and carried on to Windows 7. Windows 8 however dropped it altogether, but Microsoft is looking to bring a part of it back to Windows 10.


Here you see the transparent effect on the Start Menu, but the effect does not extend to application windows as was with Windows Vista and Windows 7. Interestingly, when the Start Menu is transformed into the full-screen Start Screen, the transparency effect is removed.

Live Tiles seem to have had some work done on them as well. Live Tiles, as is obvious by the name, are updated in real-time whenever the relevant information changes, but instead of sticking to the good ol’ flat Modern-style flipping animation, Microsoft is introducing a new but subtle 3D flip effect which also happens to match with the pop effect of the Start Menu. Cortana is also becoming increasingly integrated into the Start Menu with a color scheme that matches that of Windows 10.

Windows 10 flip effect tile

Windows 10 start menu transparent

The changes may be minute, but it does suggest that while Microsoft may be actively working on improving the OS for an imminent release, the latest offering from the software giant is far from complete right now. Microsoft is also gearing up for the Build 2015 keynote, where it is expected that it will reveal plenty of UI tweaks and possibly newer features for the OS.

While Microsoft has suggested that Windows 10 could arrive as soon as this summer, AMD’s CEO has also hinted that the OS may arrive somewhere in late July this year.

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(Source: ITHome [Google Translate])

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