New Microsoft Paint in the works for Windows 10


All of us Windows users are familiar with the Paint program. While some of us have used it for doodling or some “serious” image editing, others didn’t, but it is one of those programs that have a long history and have been around for a long time. Apparently, a more “advanced” version of it is going to be shipped with the next update of Windows 10.

As we previously mentioned most users did get acquainted with Paint for different reasons and needs. It is mostly utilized for doodling and having fun, meaning basic tasks, but a lot of Windows users have, thanks to the simplicity of Paint, showed off their skills and creative works of art. Others, on the other hand, have probably switched to a whole lot of free programs that offer a “little” more than Paint such as Paint.NET or Gimp. Those that decided to do slightly more jumped to programs you have to pay, one of the best examples is the Adobe Photoshop.

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Recently two videos that show new functionalities and interface of the latest Paint software were leaked by a Twitter user named WalkingCat. The big news is that it is going to be offered as an application and not as a legacy desktop program and that it is going to be shipped with the Windows 10 at some point. Best guess is that it will happen with the Windows 10 Redstone 2 update which is scheduled for the first half of 2017. Since new Paint is going to be more advanced than its younger brother, there is something we have to be aware of. It might not be ready and fully working by the Redstone 2 update, and it could, very likely, be postponed until Redstone 3 update scheduled for second part of 2017.

When you look at these leaked videos, you can immediately see that Paint has been optimized to support touch and pen input, which is remarkable by itself. There have been a lot of effort put into its interface resulting in bigger icons than they used to be and removal of the menu bar. For practical and clean look reasons, now, when you click on an icon you get a sidebar with tools and not a second toolbar at the top that lists options. What is even more staggering is the new support for 3D objects. The video that has leaked shows this new aspect of Paint almost to the fullest extent, together with a mention of stickers and community content.

The new Paint according to all of this has a bright future, but it still remains to bee seen if it will attract a large user group or if it will appeal to small or big businesses. Microsoft has put a lot of effort into it, and I, personally, don’t see why it wouldn’t achieve great success.