Microsoft’s head of Windows and Devices, Panos Panay, is at it again. In the last few weeks, Panay teased a new Snipping Tool that came out a week later in the last Insider build and Focus Sessions. A few days ago, he teased an all-new Paint app in a tweet showing the same video.
Microsoft is updating all its built-in apps to align with the Windows 11 redesign, and now MS Paint is on the list. Consequently, this means that the old ribbon menu will take off, and a Fluent header will replace it. Several minor UI changes are coming to make the overall experience better.
MS Paint gets major update
This will be the first major update to Microsoft Paint since the Windows 7 era. The notable upgrade will be the addition of the dark mode. We don’t see dark mode in MS Paint when Windows 10 was mainstream. The tweet that Panos Panay posted clearly shows the redesign.
Small design changes like new text editing tools while inserting a textbox, a new brush list (previously a grid), and a better visual representation of all the brushes. Also, the new font-picker implementation has gotten smoother. These minor things matter when it comes to the Paint app – because it’s used to paint.
It seems like Microsoft has only made efforts to make the Paint app as per their new Windows 11 design. In other words, the only new feature added to the Paint app is Dark Mode, and there haven’t really been any major updates to the Paint app for a while now. Above all, Microsoft was even planning to get rid of MS Paint not long ago.
Coming to the rollout of the new app, we should see the addition of this revamped MS Paint in one of the upcoming Windows 11 Insider builds. Usually, it would come out in the next Insider build. But, we saw a delay in the rollout of Focus Sessions as well.