Paint is one of the most famous applications by Microsoft and has been part of the Windows operating system nearly since its inception (though it has given us a scare). It has remained mostly unchanged over the years, but it has been updating some of its features, and this could come to a climax soon as Microsoft is considering implementing significant AI-based innovations. One of these could be, similar to DALL-E, the ability to generate images from given text.
This artificial intelligence tool would be powered by the same technology found behind Bing’s image creator, which possesses features quite similar to the OpenAI tool. As seen in images from Windows Central, which was the first to report the news, this integration would be introduced through a “magic paint” button.
This tool would display a sidebar to enter the description of what you want to generate. Although it’s too early to speculate on what it will be or how it will work, but it seems to integrate several layers of complexity and different ways of going from your sketch or text to the image and vice versa.
Paint won’t be the only application reinforced by AI
Similarly, the Photos tool, the camera application, and a few others are also in line to receive AI-based enhancements. Specifically for Photos, these improvements might primarily focus on identifying faces, backgrounds, and specific structures to manipulate them more easily or for the purpose of management and organization. As for the camera, it could incorporate OCR (optical character recognition) capabilities to aid in identifying and transcribing text in photos or screenshots, making the copying and pasting process simpler.
In this way, Microsoft aims to transform its Windows 11 operating system and all its tools into a standard for the future. By adapting various applications in its ecosystem to artificial intelligence, the company intends to outperform its competitors. However, as always, it’s important to mention that none of this is definitive for now.