Microsoft adds new Mica Alt material Visual Effect to Windows 11


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Mica is an opaque, dynamic material that incorporates theme and desktop wallpaper to paint the background of long-lived windows such as apps and settings. You can apply Mica to your application backdrop to delight users and create visual hierarchy, aiding productivity, by increasing clarity about which window is in focus. Mica is specifically designed for app performance as it only samples the desktop wallpaper once to create its visualization. Mica is available for UWP apps that use WinUI 2 and apps that use Windows App SDK 1.1 or higher, while running on Windows 11 version 22000 or later.

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Mica in light theme
Mica in light theme


Mica in dark theme
Mica in dark theme


Mica Alt is a variant of Mica, with stronger tinting of the user's desktop background color. You can apply Mica Alt to your app's backdrop to provide a deeper visual hierarchy than Mica, especially when creating an app with a tabbed title bar. Mica Alt is available for apps that use Windows App SDK 1.1 or higher, while running on Windows 11 version 22000 or later.

These images show the difference between Mica and Mica Alt in a title bar with tabs. The first image uses Mica and the second image uses Mica Alt.

Screenshot of Mica in a title bar with tabs.


Screenshot of Mica Alt in a title bar with tabs.

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Ohh, this seems similar to my kindle. I can change the tint of my background.
 

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Problem is MS don't follow their own guidelines, every official app seems to do things differently, no consistency.
 

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Congrats :party: … They are getting a closer and closer look at macOS. I like that:thumbsup:.
 

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