Home windows 11 is arriving later this 12 months, and with it, a brand new refreshed model of MS Paint and Pictures. Initially noticed by Windows Latest, Microsoft has quietly posted pics of the 2 refreshed apps on Unsplash.
As you may anticipate, the refresh updates the MS Paint app to raised slot in with the general Home windows 11 design. Meaning the outdated ribbon menu goes bye-bye and shall be changed by a Fluent header. The simplified toolbar additionally locations the Undo and Redo buttons up on the prime subsequent to the File and View choices. And naturally, the entire thing has rounded corners and WinUI controls as properly. It doesn’t, nevertheless, seem that there are any further features. Let’s be actual, MS Paint was by no means a full-featured graphics editor within the vein of Photoshop. It was and eternally shall be, a sentimental program for making crude drawings and rapidly cropping or resizing photographs on a budget. Or in some circumstances, creating a Junji Ito-inspired nightmare horror sport.
As for the Pictures app, it seems to be prefer it’ll get a revamped modifying expertise that echoes cell photograph modifying apps, together with a brand new interface. It’s not simply Paint and Pictures that can get a Home windows 11 makeover. Different Home windows apps like Clock, Workplace, Notepad, amongst others, will even be refreshed within the coming weeks.
Nonetheless, for Paint lovers, the refresh a minimum of indicators Microsoft isn’t planning to kill the beloved program. Again in 2017, Microsoft put Paint on a list of deprecated features, that means it could not be actively developed. On the time, it sparked fears that Microsoft deliberate to ax Paint solely. Nevertheless, Paint remained a fixture in Home windows 10, although there was a quick interval between variations 1803 and 1809 where the company sent removal notices. There was additionally one other scare final 12 months, the place some customers discovered updating to model 2004 eliminated Paint, Notepad, and Wordpad.
Hear, man, nostalgia is highly effective and that’s very true with MS Paint—a reality Microsoft is properly conscious of provided that it not too long ago posted a Groups weblog that includes backgrounds of Clippy, Solitaire, and old school MS Paint.
“A product of the 1980s, Paint was first launched in November 1985 as a part of the primary model of Home windows, Home windows 1.0,” Microsoft writes within the weblog. “And whereas the unique paint continues to be cherished by many artists within the making, its successor Paint 3D was ultimately launched in 2017.”