With Home windows 11, Microsoft Paint is getting its first huge improve in years
Windows 11 is the next big iteration of the hugely popular operating system and is planning a complete design overhaul. Now, ahead of the October launch, we’ve learned how extensive this design update will be. Microsoft has confirmed that many of the standard apps that come with Windows are also earmarked for a makeover. In addition to Snipping Tool, Mail, Calculator and Calendar, Microsoft has confirmed that its iconic paint tool will also get a refresh.
Panos Panay, Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer, shared a video on Twitter with an exclusive preview of the redesigned app. He described it as “beautifully redesigned”.
The video shows a quick overview of the new app, updated in the softer visual style of Windows 11. The user interface appears to have been simplified overall, and in line with Microsoft’s new taste for rounded corners, the color palette now has circular color options. For those who like to get creative after work, the app now has a dark mode to protect tired eyes.
Otherwise, most of the tools and functions – like brushes, shapes, pencils, and the eraser – seem to stay the same, although they may have been improved under the hood.
So far, the new update has been examined in detail.
But it’s a show up for the books for paint. The app was first introduced in Windows 1.0 in 1985 and has appeared in every version of the operating system since then. But Microsoft threatened to close the artistic app in 2017 and add it to a list of features that would be removed from Windows 10.
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Originally, the company wanted to replace the standard drawing app Paint with Paint 3D, a similar program that would allow users to model objects in 3D and create 2D graphics. The company hoped this more complex tool would appeal to hobbyists, but it ended up being mostly used by small game developers.
It didn’t hurt that loyal Paint users reacted with anger at the planned scrapping of the app. As a result, Microsoft announced in March 2021 that it would be discontinuing Paint 3D instead.
The updated Paint app will be available soon for users of the Windows Insider Testing Program. The rest of us will have to wait until October when the update will be free for all Windows 10 users whose computers meet the minimum requirements.
The upgrade is just one of many changes in Windows 11. The radical upgrade, which will be available to some (but not all) later this year, brings a redesigned Start menu, interactive widgets, and new options for juggling multiple windows across multiple ones Screens and more. Even the iconic Blue Screen of Death goes black.