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Microsoft Tests DALL-E in Paint for Windows 11

Updated: Oct 29, 2023

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Microsoft is giving its classic Paint application a high-tech makeover in Windows 11.

The company is testing a DALL-E-powered text-to-image creator, aptly named Paint Cocreator, which generates artwork based on user-provided descriptions.

The process is pretty straightforward. You type out a description, or select an art style, and Cocreator conjures up three variations of artwork. It's like having an artist at your fingertips, ready to bring your imagination to life. What's more, you can edit the artwork by adding layers, a feature that's also new to Paint.

However, it's worth noting that the success of this tool hinges on how well OpenAI's DALL-E image generation model converts text to image. Previous versions of DALL-E have had their fair share of struggles in correctly interpreting text input. Plus, there have been issues of gender and racial bias. Microsoft has assured users that they've taken steps to prevent the creation of "harmful, offensive, or inappropriate" images, but the specifics remain under wraps.

For now, Paint Cocreator is slowly being rolled out to Windows Insiders, with a wider release expected in a few weeks. Users will need to join a waitlist to access the preview and will receive 50 credits, each allowing them to create a new set of images. This credit system might change post-preview, hinting at a possible future payment requirement.

Currently, the preview is available to users in English in the US, the UK, France, Australia, Canada, Italy, and Germany.

This initiative is part of a string of AI-powered creative updates that Microsoft has been introducing to Windows 11. For instance, a new feature in Microsoft's Photos app allows users to blur out backgrounds and highlight the subject. There's also the Windows Copilot sidebar, an AI assistant that lets you adjust PC settings, launch apps, ask questions, and more.

So, get ready to unleash your creativity with Microsoft's AI-powered tools. Happy painting!

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