Microsoft Paint, once a simple digital doodling tool, is now evolving into a sophisticated digital art platform, thanks to the introduction of a new AI assistant, Cocreator. Powered by Dall-E, Cocreator can generate images based on user descriptions and preferred art styles, transforming how users interact with Microsoft Paint.
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As an artificial intelligence expert, it’s fascinating to witness the rapid integration of AI into various aspects of our lives. The realm of digital art is no exception. Microsoft Paint, a once humble canvas for amateur digital art enthusiasts, is making a significant leap in its evolution with the integration of artificial intelligence.
Microsoft, a company that has made its commitment to AI abundantly clear through numerous events and announcements, has recently unveiled its new AI assistant, Windows Copilot. Following this development, it introduced another AI bot, Cocreator, to enhance user experience with the iconic Paint app.
“The fusion of AI and art is no longer a distant dream but a prevailing reality. Microsoft Paint’s transformation is a testament to this.”
Unveiling Cocreator: A New AI Assistant for Microsoft Paint
Cocreator has been under the radar in the Windows sphere since its initial test versions were released through the Canary and Dev channels in September. These channels are part of the Windows Insider Program, allowing users to preview potential features and give feedback before a wide release.
Following these releases, a Cocreator version was released via the Beta channel. Last week, the AI bot went through the Release Preview channel, which sees features before they’re integrated into upgrades for all users.
The Power Behind Cocreator
Like Bing Image Creator, Cocreator is powered by Dall-E, a version of OpenAI’s AI model. The user describes what they want to see composed, selects the art style if they have one in mind, and Cocreator generates the image. The improvement in the quality of ideas generated and the overall user experience is indeed impressive.
How to Try Paint Cocreator for Yourself
Though Cocreator is still undergoing testing, Microsoft has opened a waitlist for users wanting to try it. Once approved, users receive an email and can then update their Paint app through the Microsoft Store. This version is a preview and might be subject to changes and developments.
Since Cocreator has already been spotted in the Release Preview channel, it should appear soon in a Windows 11 update. The new Microsoft Paint has already been a favorite among its fans, and this development will undoubtedly enhance it further.
It’s remarkable to think that Microsoft was ready to retire the essential but much-loved Paint a few years ago, but its integration of AI might make it one of the most successful apps drawing users to Windows yet. Packed with new features, it’s poised to ignite the imaginations of children and adults alike.