Microsoft’s Panos Panay recently teased a coming Windows 11 feature called Focus sessions, and now he’s teasing a visual refresh of Paint, a classic desktop application that dates back to the first version of Windows, in 1985.
“Here’s another Windows 11 first look,” Mr. Panay tweeted today. “This is the beautifully redesigned Paint app, coming soon to Windows Insiders. Can’t wait to see your creations!”
Based on the quicky video accompanying the tweet, there’s not much new here from a features perspective: All of the interactions made in the video exist in the current version of Paint. And the tools shown in the app’s ribbon interface are likewise identical to the current app.
But the big news here is that Microsoft is updating Paint at all, and what this looks like to me is what the “new” Snipping Tool looks like: A classic Win32 app with a fresh coat of WinUI 3.0 paint, if you will, and it supports Dark mode (and presumably the new Windows 11 themes engine).
And that’s just fine with me. Paint works great as-is, and I’d hate to see Microsoft muck it up like it did previously with Paint 3D, which was hilariously intended at one time as the successor and replacement for Paint.
Well, there is one difference. The “new” Paint lacks the “Edit with Paint 3D” button found in the current version, because Paint 3D will not be included in Windows 11.