Windows 11 could get more design changes without affecting performance


Microsoft has started working on the next big feature called “Windows 11 22H2”, which is expected to launch in the fall of 2021. As part of Windows 11 version 22H2, Microsoft is planning improve the existing look and feel of the OS by bringing Mica + Fluent in more applications using different frameworks.

As you may already know, Fluent Design is part of the design language of both Windows 11 and Windows 10, it includes light and depth to escape the flat look of Windows 8. It comes with design materials. design as “Acrylic”. translucent material for menus, dialog background or entire application windows.

With Windows 11, Microsoft is adding a new material design to the Fluent Design Language family of design languages. This material is called “Mica” and it is a transparent translucent effect that allows your desktop wallpaper to shine through application windows. In a way, it’s similar to Windows 7’s Acrylic Blur or Aero Glass.

Like acrylic, Mica’s transparency is scaled down automatically in power saving mode or if the device is running slow/out of date. While it’s a translucency effect, Mica is a subtle change, and it samples the desktop wallpaper once to create a visual image, so it’s faster than acrylic materials.

Currently, Windows 11’s Mica doesn’t work with all modern apps, but this could change soon. According to new references discovered in preview builds of Windows 11 (Build 22509 and later), Microsoft is planning to extend Mica for the “FrameHostTitlebar” of modern apps or even small ones. old application.

mica's dark mode

Mica is already present in core applications, some modern programs cannot benefit from Mica in production.

Microsoft is currently testing the “MicaBackdropInApplicationFrameHostTitlebar” flag, which has been detected in newer builds.

As the name suggests, the flag adds the Windows 11 Mica effect to the title bar of apps like the Feedback Hub. This can be a good thing, as users will get more polished user interface without downloading updates from the Microsoft Store.

Detect “tabbed” design material

Interestingly, it looks like the tech giant is experimenting with another design material called “Tabbed”, which looks to be based on Mica or it could be a variant of Mica.

In Windows 11 Build 22523 ‘s SDK Win32 API, users have discovered the new and strange ‘tab’ design material.

As you can see in the screenshot above about “System Background Type”, the “Tabbed” design material appears to be a darker version of the existing “Mica”. Windows 11 could get more design changes without affecting performance

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