Microsoft slightly revamps Windows 10 lock screen in Redstone 6 update

Posted 14 September 2018 19:30 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview version distributed to users in the ‘Skip Ahead’ ring provides a look into the Redstone 6 Update, which will be the successor to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update and which is scheduled for the beginning of next year. Besides bug fixes, the update will bring a new name for the Android companion app and a slightly revamped lock screen.

Microsoft will blur the background of the lock screen,  which Microsoft calls ‘Acrylic Brush’ and which is according to the company’s new look for the operating system called “Fluent Design”. The blurry background has to help users to focus on what matters most, login to the system, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft itself describes it better, “The translucent texture of this transient surface helps you focus on the sign-in task by moving the actionable controls up in the visual hierarchy while maintaining their accessibility.”

The same build will also see the “Microsoft Apps” app for Android rebranded to “Your Phone Companion” which should be a stronger name and is more clear and less confusing.

With the companion app users can watch content on their Android device from their Windows 10 device and sent SMS messages from their computer.

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