Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20161 to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel.

A few quick notes:

First—as a reminder, these builds are from our Active Development Branch and are not tied to any upcoming Windows 10 release. Insiders in the Dev Channel are getting the latest code from our engineers.

Second—we have officially rolled out channels to the Windows Insider Program Settings page, If you haven’t already, check out our blog post here outlining the transition from rings to channels.

And third—we’re introducing some cool new features in today’s build, however many of these features are rolling out to a subset of Insiders in the Dev Channel at first, to help us quickly identify issues that may impact performance and reliability. This means Insiders may not see some of these features right away, but rest assured they will be gradually rolled out to everyone in the Dev Channel. Check out what the team has been working on!

What’s new in Build 20161

Theme-aware tiles in Start

We are freshening up the Start menu with a more streamlined design that removes the solid color backplates behind the logos in the apps list and applies a uniform, partially transparent background to the tiles. This design creates a beautiful stage for your apps, especially the Fluent Design icons for Office and Microsoft Edge, as well as the redesigned icons for built-in apps like Calculator, Mail, and Calendar that we started rolling out earlier this year.

Before and After: Windows 10 Start menu in dark theme.

This refined Start design looks great in both dark and light theme, but if you’re looking for a splash of color, first make sure to turn on Windows dark theme and then toggle “Show accent color on the following surfaces” for “Start, taskbar, and action center” under Settings > Personalization > Color to elegantly apply your accent color to the Start frame and tiles.

Windows 10 Start menu in dark theme.

Windows 10 Start menu in light theme.

Windows 10 Start menu in colorful theme.

Want the amazing desktop background shown in the screenshot above? Download our ‘Pride 2020 Flags’ theme from the Microsoft Store!