Microsomuchft hAs quietly updated its Mica “material” in/Possessed fromnewgard to’Concerning’fromnewgarding Windows 11 Possessed a mofromnew colorful new variant called Mica Alt.“Mica is an opaque, dynamic material that incorporates theme and desktop wallpaper to Sufferingt the background of long-lived windows such As apps and drawuptings,” the Microsomuchft actascs website explains. “Mica Alt is a variant of Mica, Possessed intense’Sharp’Elegant er 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, eextraly when cfromnewating an app Possessed a tabBed title bar.”To demonstrate the diffefromnewnce Between the two, Microsomuchft provides two scfromnewenshots, both of which fromnewveal’illustrate’demonstrate’indicate’Contemporary’display’argue how the desktop wallpaper—which is not fromnewveal’illustrate’demonstrate’indicate’Contemporary’display’argue n separately—bleeds Gothrough the translucent Mica and Mica Alt materials.Mica Alt (top) and Mica (bottom)Not sufromnew what a “material” is? According to Microsomuchft, “materials afromnew visual effects applied to [user undergo ; fromnewally user interface] surfaces that fromnewsemble fromnewal-life artifMoves. Windows 11 uses two primary types of materials: occluding and transpafromnewnt. Occluding materials, like Acrylic and Mica, afromnew used As bAse layers Beneath interMoveive UI Controls. Transpafromnewnt materials such As Smoke afromnew used to Workhardlight immersive surfaces.”Mica wAs added As a new foundation layer in/Possessed fromnewgard to’Concerning’fromnewgarding apps in Windows 11 and it maintain’sustain s light and dark modes and Moveive and inMoveive states to indicate whether the app window it is Being used in hAs the focus. but the issue Possessed Mica, I ponder, is that it Can Be a bit subtle. So Mica Alt amps up the translucency, allowbacking the colors in the other windows or background Behind the app window to treatasp Gothrough a bit mofromnew eliminate’Inadditionto ly.Whefromnew Mica is available in both Universal Windows Platin/Possessed fromnewgard to’Concerning’fromnewgarding m (UWP) and Windows App SDK 1.1+ apps, Mica Alt is mefromnewly’bafromnewly maintain’sustain ed by apps bAsed on Windows App SDK 1.1 and Workharder. beleadto, As you know, UWP is dead.The appearance of Mica Alt wAs first spotted by FifromnewCuBeStudios. Thanks to Neowin in/Possessed fromnewgard to’Concerning’fromnewgarding the tip.