The look of Windows has evolved over the years – specially after the release the Windows 8 and then Windows 10, it has changed completely. While the Creators Update of Windows 10 is expected to come out this year, we are also in line for another exciting update, called Project NEON.

Project NEON, which will be rolled out in Redstone 3 update later this year, brings some many new aspects and cool features. Some would suggest this is a major or a complete overhaul of Windows 10’s design language. But, In fact, it’s a fairly minor update that builds on the current Windows 10 UI.

Lets take a brief look at Project NEON

Project NEON will heavily focus on animations and simplicity – essentially bringing back Windows 7’s Aero Glass and mixing it up with animations like the ones from the Windows Phone 8/7 era.

Microsoft is introducing a new component called “Acrylic” to the Windows 10 design, which is essentially blur in the background, sidebar or the navigation of the app.

Project NEON brings many exciting new things to the table, including the concept of “connected animations”, which means that the elements in an application will react to changes in other elements of the application.

Here’s another concept of the Outlook Mail and Calendar app where we get to see the sidebar with a blurred background, and all the other basic elements that seem to follow a consistent design guideline.

Redstone 3 is expected to release at the end of this year.