As Microsoft is reportedly extending the ‘Mica’ effect to more apps in Windows, it’s set to get a little more visual pizzazz.
This one was discovered by Windows Latest, and the Mica style is an opaque effect that’s used on windows and title bars to allow you to see the desktop picture through it. While it is a beautiful translucent effect, the distinction is minor; as Microsoft puts it, “only samples the desktop wallpaper once [to] generate its visualization.”
Mica has been spotted in Microsoft Word, which means it’ll appear more frequently on your screen. The appearance of Mica in the title bar of the Feedback Hub and Tips apps are part of a plan to add some luster to the desktop environment without bringing any sluggishness, particularly with less powerful hardware.
A Reddit user noticed Mica in Microsoft Word and reported it, prompting Windows Latest to write that Mica has already been included to the title bar of the Feedback Hub and Tips applications (in testing, therefore). The effect is already apparent in certain essential Windows 11 programs such as Paint, Photos, and Calculator, among other things.
Mica also aids in focusing.
On the face of it, then, the strategy appears to be gradually expanding Mica usage across Microsoft’s core Windows 11 (and Office) apps. That’s not a bad thing since you’re receiving some additional user interface polish without any significant performance drawbacks (hopefully).
Of course, the software behemoth can’t afford to take any actions that might slow down its new operating system’s basic desktop performance.
Keep in mind that Microsoft is presently promoting how it will increase the speed of core interface components in Windows 11 next year, which implies fixing some of the vexing problems surrounding File Explorer for certain consumers.
Another thing to consider is that Mica isn’t only about how it looks. Microsoft has made it so that Mica focuses attention on the active app, since Windows shifts back to a basic neutral color for inactive apps that are open, providing a clear indication and visual distinction for the current application.
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