Here’s Why Microsoft Can’t Make Windows 10 Visually Consistent

Windows 10 is great, but it’s also kind of a mess visually. Why is that?

Part of this is there are two totally different kinds of apps on the platform. There are the traditional ones, like Windows Explorer, which look the same now as they did in Windows 7. Then there are the new style of applications, which are simple and clean. The result can be occasionally baffling for users—we’ve talked before about how Windows 10 settings is a mess, for example.

Marton Barcza, hosting a video on his YouTube channel TechAltar, outlines why this happened. It’s well worth a watch.

Basically Microsoft wants to push things forward but also needs to support legacy users. The result is an operating system that feels split in two, but it’s hard to imagine it working any other way. I wonder if this is ever sorted out, or if in 20 years we’ll all be saying the same thing.

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