Microsoft’s mica blur effect is one more step towards deployment in Microsoft Word. Mica is the new blur effect available in Windows 11. An Office Insider beta channel member spotted the new blur style in Microsoft Word and shared a screenshot on Reddit.
Mica is a similar effect to acrylic blur, but it is less resource intensive because it samples from a PC’s wallpaper rather than any application behind an active window. The effect is seen across several apps on Windows 11, including File Explorer and the Settings app.
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Here is Microsoft’s description of mica from a support document (emphasis added):
Mica is an opaque, dynamic material that incorporates a theme and wallpaper to paint the background of long-lasting windows such as apps and settings. You can apply mica to the background of your application to delight users and create a visual hierarchy, aiding productivity, increasing clarity on the window that is in focus. Mica is specially designed for application performance as it only samples desktop wallpaper once to create its visualization.
It seems that the mica effect is gradually unfolding, even for the initiated. Some insiders haven’t seen it even after receiving the most recent Word update.
If you want to experience mica blur in Word and other preview features in Office, follow our guide on how to sign up for the Office Insider program.
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