This video introduces the general changes to the system interface and settings. It also explores the new design concept known as Fluent Design, which changes the visual aesthetics and interface controls of some applications and system tools in Windows 10.
- [Instructor] After updating to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you will probably notice a few small interface changes immediately. Some affect how things work, and some are just visual enhancements, and some are just not so obvious at first glance. Now first I want you to notice this new icon in the taskbar. This is for a new feature called My People. And if I click on it, it opens up this panel. This is a tool for quickly finding people you communicate with often through various different tools like email and Skype.
The My People tools also makes it easy to send messages and see notifications when people contact you. Now there is a separate training movie dedicated specifically to this, so we're going to move on for now. But while we're over here in this corner, let's look at notifications. I'm going to start by sending myself an email from another device so we can see the notification that pops up. So this is a standard banner notification that appears when you have a calendar reminder or a Skype message or a new email, something like that.
If I click on this notification banner, it will take me straight to that application. But up in the top right corner there's this arrow pointing to the right. In previous versions of Windows, that was an X, but it still does the same thing. It will dismiss this banner, but it's still going to be visible in the action center. So I can go to the action center by clicking on that icon in the very far right corner of the task bar. And I can see all of the notifications that I have not yet cleared. And of course there are some differences here compared to the previous version of Windows 10.
Notifications are now more clearly divided by the different applications. So it's easier to identify them. I can clearly see my notifications for mail and my notifications for calendar, and those are separate. I can also hit this little arrow button pointing up to sort of collapse these to show less information or open them up to see more. And of course if I had notifications from other applications, I could scroll up and down on this list and see them all. Now having these clearly separated by applications makes it much easier to clear them.
Of course I can clear one individual notification by clicking this X. Or I can point at the application header for a group and clear all of the notifications in a specific application by hitting that X there. Or I can clear all notifications down here. So that's it for notifications. Let's move on to settings. So I'm going to go into the start menu, and I'll click on this gear icon to open up settings. For experienced Windows users who just updated to the Fall Creators Update, this should look a little bit different.
You now have a few new categories. We have phone and Cortana. All of your settings for Cortana can now be accessed here in this category instead of in the Cortana interface itself. And you also have an option to pair a mobile phone with your Microsoft online account, which will then allow you to do things like start working on something on a phone and then continue working with it here on your computer. Both of these are specific topics that will be covered in other movies, so we'll move on.
Just be aware as you go through the different categories here in settings, you may find some other features that have changed or moved. Remember you can always search for something if you're not able to find it manually. So just as an example, if I wanted to pair a Bluetooth mouse and I could not find settings for that, I could just come here to the search field up at the top. Search for a key word like Bluetooth. And then I can see here in the search results, I can find what I'm looking for. Okay, let me go back to the main screen here in settings.
And that's really it for the big changes to the interface. But there is one more thing worth mentioning. It's a conceptual thing called Fluent Design. And this is a name for a set of design elements that Microsoft if rolling out to Windows and applications in Windows. It doesn't change the functionality of these applications, but it makes them much more visually pleasant. One feature of Fluent Design is an improved transparency effect. So first I want to make sure that transparency effects are turned on. So here in settings, I'll got to personalization, to the color section.
Scrolling down a bit here, I want to make sure transparency effects are turned on. So now if I open up an interface element with transparency, something like the start menu or the action center, we can see whatever is behind those interface elements through this sort of frosted glass effect. So we can see that right here. We'll see it even better if I open up an application like the calendar, and then open up one of these panels on top of that. And you can see how the interface shines through with that transparency effect.
Now of course there were transparency effects before the Fall Creators Update, but the new transparency effects can be tailored to each application window and should look even better. Now there are other visual accents in Fluent Design as well, like the light effect. So we can see... Let me clear this a little bit. If I open up the My People tool down here in the taskbar, and I point at different items here on this list, notice how there's a subtle lighting effect around my mouse cursor as I move it around.
Not only does it look nicer, it also helps draw your eye to whatever you're pointing at. Now I'm not going to waster your time showing you all of the visual accents in Fluent Design. Just be aware that these will appear in a few Windows features and applications for now but will continue to be added as other applications are updated over time. It's a design philosophy that will make Windows look and feel much more pleasant. So those are the significant interface changes to the system in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
All of the other changes are specific changes to individual applications and tools.