The colourful and uniform Window Start screen has been a draw to many Windows users ever since the inception of the OS. While Microsoft once prioritised colourful icons and logos, with the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 and later Windows 10 on the desktop, Microsoft is letting more and more developers create colourless or “transparent” icons. In mobile devices, this can be used to great effect, however, many of Microsoft’s own apps don’t support these transparent tiles. In an update today, Microsoft has patched up their Windows 10 MSN Weather app to include new support for transparent tiles. The new app now includes the option for users who want the weather app to have a transaprent app to toggle it off or on – something all Microsoft apps should have from the outset.
While many Microsoft apps like Outlook, Groove and OneDrive have been stripped of their branding colours and now retain dull transparent icons, other are colourful and stand put on the WIndows Start Screen like Xbox and the Office apps. Perhaps Microsoft should make the toggle feature mandatory for all developers, so users aren’t forced to either have transparent tiles or colourful apps with no choice in the matter.
There’s nothing else of note in this update. It doesn;t appear to be out for desktop users and is limited to mobile users. Like all Microsoft app updates recently, the update is rolling out to Windows Insiders first and will roll out to none Windows Insiders in the coming months.
Download the update from the store link below: