Microsoft does not want us to worry about the possible impact that the new design may have on the performance of Windows 11. The new Windows is a release that will be marked by a visual change, including new animations and a new design style within the Fluent language called “Mica”.
Mica is basically what creates that semi-transparent/blurred effect in the windows of the applications, and that allows to incorporate the theme and the wallpaper to “paint” the background of the apps. It is perhaps a little reminiscent of Windows Vista Aero, and anyone who has used Vista remembers that with the move to the Aero design and all those animations, system performance was quite affected on less powerful computers.
The new design of Windows 11 should have even better performance than Windows 10
The design changes that came with Windows 8 and 8.1 were also quite significant and also affected performance when compared to Windows 7. Today, even in Windows 10, disabling some effects and animations can help speed up the system on more modest machines.
This time Microsoft claims that Mica will not affect the performance of Windows 11 and that it even offers better performance than the “Acrylic” effect we currently have in Windows 10. During a Q&A session, they explained that in fact, Mica was specifically created to have better performance than the “Acrylic” effect in Windows 10.
“For rounded corners, we’ve optimized the rendering performance, so you shouldn’t notice any difference compared to square corners.”
The team says that performance is a top priority and that it’s especially important that these “fun” new features, such as Mica or rounded edges, are super fast and have no impact on the system.
Windows 11 is still in the midst of development, and the Insider versions, while they have been improving considerably over the days, still have a lot of things to fine-tune in terms of design, but you can truly tell that Microsoft is making an effort to get it just right this time around… We are allowing myself to be a little optimistic about it.