Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Apr 2018 22:52 UTC

How much does adding somewhat frivolous animations to an OS matter? I'm not sure, but I do know that users of Windows will be very vocal as Microsoft experiments with adding them to Windows 10.

In Windows 10 Redstone 5 (due fall 2018) I expect Microsoft to continue to refine, improve, and make more consistent UI elements in Windows 10. That includes adding more animations to simple behaviors like the Action Center, but I can already see push back.

I know that especially among the kind of people who read OSNews, "animations" in UI design tends to be a very dirty word. I very much do not belong to that group of people, since I adore proper, well-thought out use of animations in UI design, such as the fun little touches in Material Design, the pivots and slides in Windows Phone's Metro, and yes, the brand new flourishes in Microsoft's Fluent Design, which is currently making its way to Windows 10 users all around the world.

I'm fine with being in the minority here on this one - to each their own.

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by wocowboy on Sat 21st Apr 2018 08:55 UTC
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I thought we had gotten past the days when interface animations were considered a positive thing. We left all that behind when we moved into the realm of one-pixel-wide lettering, huge blank white spaces with words you can barely read being buttons that when moused-over you find you can click on instead of looking like an actual button or clickable icon. Directional arrows that are actually backwards or forwards buttons, and icons that have nothing to do with what they actually do once you find they are actually something you can click on. Animations can aid in discovering what items in an interface have functionality to them, and they can be incredibly fun to play with and use. I fondly remember the days of WindowBlinds and the dozens of themes one could install with that application, as well as the other software the company came up with. But all that was throw out in favor of blank space and cold, stark emptiness in desktop interfaces.

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