Just when you had all but forgotten about Microsoft Paint, the simple drawing and editing software is about to get a huge makeover.
As Microsoft steps up its preparation for the next version of Windows 10, the tech giant has announced that one of its most popular apps will be getting a facelift.
Details of the new upgrade leaked earlier this week, with Microsoft saying the new look Paint will be a “completely redesigned app” and will give Paint its most advanced features to date.
The updated Microsoft Paint will take advantage of the Surface Pen to allow users to draw, paint and edit directly on screen for the first time.
The new Microsoft Paint will also add 3D integration for the first time, as the company finally brings the popular app into the the 21st century.
Users will also be able to create 3D drawings or objects using their regular mouse or the Surface Pen, with the app also expected to support Microsoft’s virtual reality headset, HoloLens.
However, the new version of Paint will really see Microsoft’s Surface Pen come into its own, with the company eager to promote its versatility for drawing, taking notes and editing images.
The Pen accessory, which can be used with Microsoft’s popular Surface laptop and Surface Pro 4 tablets, should work well with the updated Paint.
All the other features you typically find in Paint will also be included in the update such as cropping, image resizing and the wide variety of pencils and brushes. However, there still won’t be any option for layering images, as found on rival Photoshop.
Beta testers have reportedly been testing the new version of Paint since May so its official release could be imminent.
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However, some are tipping the new version to be included in the next major update of Windows 10, which is codenamed Redstone 2, which is expected early next year, although there is still no official release date.
Last week, Microsoft sent out invitations to an event on October 26th, where it is expected to launch a number of new devices, including its eagerly anticipated all in one Surface PC, which will rival Apple’s iMac. The new PC will be able available with a 21, 24 or 27 inch display.
The all in one Surface PC will be the first desktop PC entirely designed and built by Microsoft.
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