Microsoft is expanding Windows 11’s Mica to more apps and title bar

Windows 11 Mica update

One of Windows 11’s attractive features is its Mica
material/theme, which gives some app windows and title bar
translucent appearance. This new Mica material looks great and
Microsoft has confirmed modern PCs should have no trouble
handling the effect, unlike Fluent Design’s acrylic effect.

Mica is typically visible in the dark mode and it aligns the
background colour of Windows apps with the desktop and creates
a modern looking translucent “colour hierarchy”. The company
says the Mica effect causes no performance issues and it can
distinguish between multiple open instances of the same or
multiple apps.

Microsoft has already updated key apps like Chromium Edge,
Movies & TV,
MS Paint, Snipping Tool, Photos, Calculator and other apps
with the Mica effect. As part of the next Windows 11 update
(could be a feature update or cumulative), Microsoft is
planning to expand the Mica treatment to more apps.

For example, in a preview build, Microsoft has quietly updated
the title bar of some UWP apps like Tips and Feedback Hub with
Mica on the title bar. It’s possible that Microsoft is treating
Mica as an “Aero Glass theme” and Mica could be the default
design feature for all UWP programs.

Unlike Mica, Windows Aero Glass was more resource-intensive,
but it also looked great and it worked without any issues on
modern PCs.

Microsoft Word gets Mica background

Microsoft is also working on a new design for Office desktop
apps, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and Notepad.
The redesign is being made in alignment with the Windows 11
release and it looks like Office apps are finally getting
support for Mica, which will apply to the background.

Microsoft announced the redesign of Office UI based on user
feedback, but the Mica background effect was not added to the
apps. Today’s update, which seems to be heading to users in the
production channel, enables a more natural and consistent Mica
design for everyone.

This new Office UI also follows the Fluent Design to create “an
intuitive, coherent, and familiar user interface” and it
matches the look of Windows 11.

As we noted above, Mica elements will not come at the cost of
performance and you can expect additional
WinUI performance improvements in 2022.

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