Microsoft Is Updating Paint With New Features And Refreshed Interface

Posted on October 8, 2016 by Brad Sams in Windows 10 with 16 Comments


The Paint app that ships with Windows is nearly as old as Windows itself and thanks to the leak of a new video, Microsoft is about to give the app its largest update in its history. As you can see from the video below, the user interface is being updated and there will be new features too.

While the video does not explicitly say that this is a UWP, based on the user interface and the company’s push to get as many apps into the store as possible, it may be possible that Microsoft has converted the win32 paint app into this new universal app and then updated the UI. While they could have started from scratch and rebuild Paint, the company has a ‘bridge’ that makes it easy to convert apps from traditional desktop apps into UWPs.

The interface has been significantly overhauled and looks more finger/pen friendly. For those worried about the app removing some of the basic features that Paint is known for, the video clearly states that all the traditional features are still in place.

Being added to the new app is the ability to work in 3D and create scenes that can be viewed from multiple angles.

While we don’t know when this app will be released, it could be part of Redstone 2 that is shaping up to be a large update for the OS. If that is the case, it likely will not arrive until next year for all users (it could show up earlier for Insiders) but seeing as this video has been created shows that this application is relatively far along in the development cycle which means it could be pushed out sooner.

Thanks for the tip WalkingCat

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16 responses to “Microsoft Is Updating Paint With New Features And Refreshed Interface”

  1. 442

    Microsoft did a lot of nice updates to this insider version.  But, they pulled one stupid.  The Control Panel link is now gone from the context menu on the start button.  Bad move.  It needs to stay until 100% of the functions are migrated.  They are not there yet.

    • 1377

      In reply to Narg:

      You can always customize desktop icons, enabling the Contol Panel one. Or you could install Classic Shell and still have Control Panel in that Start menu. Half the fun of using Windows is working around its defaults.

    • 699

      In reply to Narg:
      If you truly use the Control Panel that much, I would just pin it to taskbar. Thats what I do. The hiding of the apps is off by default, so you have to actually go and turn it off. I love the new hide feature, it just makes the desktop look that less cluttered when using Start.
    • 124

      In reply to Narg:

      I agree.  I don't use it that much but it was handy there.  Why remove it?  Don't see the logic.

  2. 1377

    So far I can still run XP's Paint under all subsequent Windows versions. For my few uses for it, I prefer the simpler UI and lack of learning curve.

  3. 3148

    In reply to hrlngrv:

    While I really loved the updates made to Paint in Windows 7, there was a huge negative to the Windows 7 version of paint compared to the old paint found in Windows XP, 2000, and 9x. The brush used to be pixel based. With Windows 7, the edges of brush strokes are anti-alliased. This means that the color bucket tool fils to fill up a border drawn with the brush tool by leaving ugly white boarders around the enterior portion of the brush strokes. I would love to be able to disable antialliasing in Windows 7's Paint. Hope this is not a problem in the new paint app.

  4. 6308

    Uhm, Paint was fully re-created for Windows 7 with the current Ribbon interface. The previous version was pretty old though, backdating to version 1 that was names Paintbrush.

    I grew up using the original Paintbrush, one of the most influential peaces of software. So this new version is pretty interesting!

  5. 699

    Awesome news! Why they're using it on a Surface Pro 3 - I have no idea. Woah! 3D Paint images. This is a massive upgrade!  :D Now, all they need to do is redo Notepad, Snipping Tool and File Explorer and I'll be set.

  6. 5114

    Can I use the new Paint to draw hair on the other half of her head?

  7. 5530

    Didn't Paint get an upgrade with the Ribbon interface in Windows 7? That was an overhaul too, it made Paint actually usable, prior versions destroyed images with JPEG compression. Anyway, this looks great, but like a particular douche here already mentioned, those looking for more features like layers will still have to turn to Paint.NET.

  8. 5496

    if you people need more features that this doesn't have, get something else then and stop complaining. This isn't for advanced stuff.

  9. 5619

    Shame Microsoft didn't base the new version of Paint on Microsoft's Office 2000 Photodraw 2.0, that was pretty decent in its day, for throwing together a quick graphic. Never understood why it was dropped. Might even see if it installs under Windows 10 1607.

  10. 5234

    That logo looks WAAAY too similar to Corel's rainbow hot-air balloon logo.

  11. 5234

    The editor font size here is also WAAAY too small.  Why isn't it the same size as the posted text?