- Tram Ho
Windows 11 brought a new design, taking us away from the metro interface that has existed since Windows 8. With Windows 11, Microsoft is rethinking how to apply Fluent Design and implementing the new design language across all both its applications and interfaces.
As part of the Fluent Design overhaul, Windows 11 also comes with a new design effect called “Mica”. Mica is an effect that helps the interface blend better with the wallpaper, especially when you’re browsing apps like Settings or Edge. Mica will color the background of the application window for a distinctive color effect of the wallpaper. Mica is not biased towards transparency. Instead, it allows the window to take the background image and blur it.
Mica effect applied to File Explorer’s title
On Microsoft’s upcoming operating system, Mica will be the most common design element and it will appear in various applications and throughout the operating system interface. In the preview version, you can notice the Mica effect in File Explorer, the settings interface, Microsoft Teams and several other places.
It’s a sleek and modern effect, but Mica won’t affect Windows performance, at least that’s according to Microsoft.
In a recent Q&A, Microsoft explained that Mica doesn’t save the background image every frame, but only blurs the image once, in order to provide better performance and experience with such a premium effect.
Microsoft Edge uses Mica for the title bar and Acrylic for the menu
“Performance is really our top priority. We want to make sure that all these cool new features (mica and rounded corners) are super fast and won’t affect the operating system. For example, compared to Acrylic special effects, Mica is specially designed for higher performance. For rounded corners, we’ve optimized our rendering performance, so you won’t notice any difference compared to square corners.”
Some say that Windows 11 design elements like the center Start Menu and rounded corners are copied from macOS. According to Microsoft, this is not true.
“Good design tends to be the same, we learn from each other but Fluent has been around for a long time and we are evolving the way people use our devices,” said Kevin Gallo, head of developer platforms developer at Microsoft said.
Source : Genk