One of the things the Windows 10 team is working on is an upgrade for the operating system's user interface. Codenamed Project NEON, this work is described as a fairly minor update that builds on the current Window 10 UI.
MSPowerUser got its hands on some screenshots and reports Project NEON looks like a mix of the Windows 7 Aero Glass with animations from the Windows Phone 7/8 era. The site says Project NEON will heavily rely on animations, simplicity and consistency.
I have seen a few other video concepts of Project NEON which show off some of the animations in the UI – and to put it simply, these animations are stupendously smooth. Then again, these are just concepts and the “real deal” will likely be a lot different, for better or worse.
If you look closely it looks like Microsoft is also tweaking the design of the taskbar – but we doubt Microsoft will actually make these changes when it ships NEON later this year. There are a lot of other neat little things Microsoft is planning internally for NEON as well.
This is all still early work and subject to change. Project NEON is expected to be part of the Redstone 3 update, which is scheduled after Redstone 2 (aka Creators Update), so definitely in the second half of the year.