On Twitter, Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay shared a teaser video for “the beautifully redesigned Paint app,” with the promise that Windows Insider Program members would be able to start testing the app for themselves in the near future.
The video is light on details—which isn’t all that surprising given that eight seconds of its 18-second runtime are devoted to the intro and outro—but it does show off a new user interface with dark mode support that matches other Windows 11 apps.
Windows Central also noticed something missing from Paint’s new interface: An option to edit the current file in Paint 3D. Could this mean that Paint has emerged victorious from the 4-year-long battle that’s raged between the competing apps?
The conflict began when Microsoft released Paint 3D alongside the Windows 10 Creators Update in 2017, then announced just a few months later that it was planning to deprecate the original Paint with the Fall Creators Update.
Many feared that would be the end of Paint, but Microsoft later clarified that it was simply moving the app to the Windows Store instead of bundling it with Windows 10. It then decided to continue shipping it with the operating system anyway.
It seemed like Paint and Paint 3D would coexist indefinitely. That changed again in March when Microsoft stopped bundling Paint 3D with Windows 10 and moved it to the Microsoft Store instead. The tables had finally turned.
Now this video teasing Windows 11’s new Paint app has removed the button referencing Paint 3D. We should find out if the option to send a file to Paint 3D was simply hidden behind a menu when the app rolls out to Windows Insiders.