But after a public outcry, it decided to keep the classic Paint alive as a free app from the Microsoft Store rather than a built-in feature of Windows.
With Windows 11, Microsoft has now been adding new touches to the Paint app, including a new user interface (UI), toolbar updates, and rounded edges on the app's window. The updates were meant to give Paint a "modern spin on the classic app".
As for Paint 3D, it will not ship pre-installed on Windows 11. Nor will Skype, whose former real estate on Windows has made way for a Teams chat button.
There are more makeover plans in the pipeline. Paint, for example, doesn't yet have dark theme support but it is coming, along with a centered canvas announced a few months ago.
Other so-called 'inbox apps' from Microsoft that got a Windows 11 refresh include Calculator and the Mail and Calendar apps.