Microsoft engineers have been experimenting with some UI changes for Windows 10 lately. We have seen that people have expressed their concerns over various design issues in the latest version of Windows.
Earlier this year, there were some rumors that Microsoft plans to directly release new updates for the interface through the Microsoft Store. It seems like Microsoft has finally decided to address user’s concerns by offering a feature experience pack via Microsoft Store.
Microsoft’s leakster Walking Cat tweeted that you would soon be able to download the Windows Feature Experience Pack to receive independent UI updates. The app will allow you to download and install features the same way you download other apps.
the "Windows Feature Experience Pack" dummy app in the store recently changed its icon to a download icon, so its basically the "downloadable" part of Windows https://t.co/QYcXn66NGc
— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) December 21, 2019
As a reminder, Microsoft regularly releases Patch Tuesday updates to push new features for Windows 10 users. These updates bring UI improvements and fixes for all users. Now, this development is a part of Microsoft’s efforts to separate the UI from Windows Core OS to be offered sort of a modular software component.
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Apparently, Microsoft is currently working in this regard because the Windows Feature Experience Pack is currently available as a dummy app. At the time of writing this article, the app doesn’t work as expected. Some users who tried to install the app reported that the app automatically uninstalls on its own.
Moreover, you can’t really search the app by its name on Microsoft Store. Those who installed Windows 10 Build 19536 spotted a new option named Windows Feature Experience Pack 119.32900.0.0 under Settings > System > Info.
The separation should ease the management of the user interface elements according to your convenience. In other words, users can adjust the start menu, taskbar, or Settings through the app. However, Microsoft is yet to disclose more details about the Windows Feature Experience Pack.
It supports Windows 10 version 18362.0 or higher at the moment. It is definitely a beta test for the company to see how users respond to this change. If everything goes well, it’s pretty likely that Microsoft will make it available for everyone with the release of Windows 10 20 H2 next year.