Microsoft Paints Paint with a fresh coat of paint in Windows 11

Microsoft’s Paint app is undergoing a major overhaul in Windows 11. It seems like Microsoft cracked open the lid of its paint can to give the Paint app a new coat of paint that would make it look very different from the app we know (and hardly use) on Windows 10.

Panos Panay knows how to get our attention as Microsoft’s chief product officer is constantly posting teaser videos for new Windows 11 features. In its latest tease, Panay showed Paint in Windows 11, and it looks pretty promising.

The user interface looks very different from that of the Paint app we know and love, but it doesn’t seem like that much has changed in terms of functionality. The only notable new features you can see in the Teaser video are a dark mode and the ability to change the text alignment. Otherwise, it’s still a basic image creation tool.

Some Windows users like the core functionality of Paint, so it makes sense that Microsoft doesn’t want to change too much about it. It would have been nice to see some improvements to the core functionality, however. We don’t expect Paint to replace more powerful image editing tools like Photoshop, but a few more powerful features would have been excellent.

Panay says the new Paint app will soon be making its way to Windows Insiders, so we’ll be able to dig in and see if there are any new features hiding in the app that the video didn’t show. However, we’re reasonably sure that it’s mostly the same app with a Windows 11 look and feel.

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