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Fluent Design system now open to third-party Win32 apps

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Microsoft expands the Fluent Design elements to non-UWP apps.

After officially debuting last year, the Fluent Design system for Windows 10 is now expanding to Win32 apps, according to Microsoft. The company announced at the BUILD conference 2018 that the improved design language for apps from now on could be applied for any UI stack the developer uses including Win32. Microsoft explains:

Updates helping you support the Fluent Design System, so you can create immersive, deeply engaging experiences with Microsoft’s updated design language. Now every organization can make beautiful solutions that empower your customers to do more. With UWP XAML Islands, you can access the more capable, flexible, powerful XAML controls regardless which UI stack you use—whether it’s Windows Forms, WPF, or native Win32.

Fluent Design is the evolution of the original design philosophy for Windows 10, emphasizing on blur, animation and fluidity. Many of the first-party UWP apps for Windows have already been updated with elements of Fluent Design, while more apps and OS elements may be coming this year. The company is about to talk more about Fluent Design at this week’s conference.

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