Last month Microsoft introduced a new Paint app for Windows 11. It was one of the many apps that were teased – including Snipping Tool, Photos, and more. – but for a while Paint was gone. Now it’s finally rolled out to Windows Insiders on the Dev channel.
Microsoft calls this a “modern version of the classic app,” and that sums it up most of the time. With Windows 11, Paint gets its first visual overhaul in ages. It adds things like rounded corners and mica, and that’s a big deal. Since the Windows 8 era, we’ve had this jarring experience where some apps have been redesigned for the new platform, while legacy apps like Paint are left behind.
It’s not just the Mica and the rounded corners. It comes with a new toolbar, and as you can see it has brand new icons. Color boxes are now colored circles, and there are new drop-down menus for things like brushes.
Indeed, it is primarily a visual refresh, taking a familiar product and integrating it into modern design. There is however a new feature, which is a new text tool. It is intended to make it easier for you to edit the text.
The new Paint app is being rolled out to Windows 11 users on the Windows Insider Program Dev channel. It’s also pretty safe to say that this will still be on the preview track when Windows 11 launches on October 5th. The new operating system arrives in just a week, and it seems like a short time for a new app to progress into beta. and the Release Preview channels.
The good news is, you won’t have to wait for a feature update or anything like that. The new Paint app should arrive as an update for the existing app through the Microsoft Store, whenever it’s ready.
This is the last of the new apps Microsoft has announced for Windows 11. Presumably there will be more inbox app updates in the future, but for now the focus is set to launch the new operating system on October 5th.