Exclusive: Live demo of Fresh Paint app for Windows Blue, plus more Windows Blue mentions

After digging up a Microsoft job ad for Windows Blue and Windows Phone Blue from the Fresh Paint team recently, I’ve now stumbled upon the next best thing to having the actual app in-hand: a live demo from an internal, confidential meeting held at Microsoft in early March during the week of TechFest 2013.

Though Fresh Paint for Windows Blue still looks like Fresh Paint for Windows 8, there is one significant feature being demonstrated in the video: watercolor.

Specifically, the addition of the new watercolor media is being realized a couple of ways, as demonstrated in the video:

  • The interaction of watercolor with other medias (oil, pencil, etc.), wet or dry.
  • The ability to import an image from anywhere, then transpose it to a watercolor painting you can interact with.

In the video below, the individual demonstrating the app specifically says “Blue” a handful of times, thus completely confirming Windows Blue (as if there were any doubts left at this point, but stranger things have happened) and establishing that what’s being demonstrated is only part of what the final version of Fresh Paint for Windows Blue will contain. Unclear, however, is if this demonstration is being given on a Windows Blue build or not.

Watch the full clip to catch all the references to Blue, but the demo doesn’t kick up at around 5 minutes in:

With that covered, here are a few more references I found of Windows Blue — two by Microsoft employees, and one by a gentleman working for Intel:

Source: LinkedIn


Source: UXDesigner


Source: LinkedIn


Slowly but surely, Windows Blue is beginning to take shape through all of these otherwise hidden references. Whether or not Blue will be drastically different from Windows 8 is yet to be told, but at the very least, I imagine it will make for a polished product utilizing stellar hardware that may just manage to influence a purchase from those who currently feel Windows 8 is lackluster.

Either way, I’ll be keeping my nose to the digital grindstone and fleshing out whatever I can until Microsoft officially spills the beans!

Note to Microsoft: As with most things I post on this site, I discovered the Windows Blue/Fresh Paint video residing in the public domain. Bring me in to speak sometime, why don’t you? =)


  1. I guess this is the reason others do not dare to show things before they are fully tested and ready. early versions always have a chance of crashing and giving the wrong impression. Competitors and “friendly” media will then use this, and the communities discussing below will immortalize the failure. Microsoft as a company is confident enough to go forward this way, but human psychology and marketing doesn’t work like that.

  2. That was a awesome features that Microsoft is going to add on the pain app.

  3. Can anyone explain how come it says 27 comments but I only see 2? Is this HTML5?

  4. There’s definitely a lot of good engineering went into this app, and I don’t want to disparage it in any way… I just can’t shake off the feeling that when compared to the amazing “Paper” app on iPad (www.fiftythree.com/paper) this app feels cumbersome and clunky.

    “Paper” pushes you to become creative – you almost want to start creating something the moment you open the app…

    With FreshPaint I feel like I need to learn the traits of a real painter and understand the nuances of color absorption and how oil painting is different. And then they give you the “you can speed up time” option which immediately adds an extra dimension of complexity that makes me want to sigh and leave the app.

  5. SmoledMan: It’s probably due to pingbacks and trackbacks not showing. They are lumped in with comment counts in most WP themes these days.

  6. ITs not real-time . u need multitasking . So u need both to have the other. It Clearly shows it stuttering.. The system with 8 gigs and alot of cache should make it look so smooth.

    Try that with 256k and deluxe paint 1 and true 48bit colors with RGBE – oh yeah get and use AMIGA
    Amiga did this and better in 1982.Amiga 1000.Only Amiga makes it Possible. Ask bill gates he owns over 5 Amigas only , and is a member of at least 2 Amiga clubs.

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  27. I saw someone above comparing it to the app Paper, and remarking on that you need to have some skills and knowledge about paint to know how the paint in Fresh Paint will react on the paper/canvas, if it mimics the behavior of real paint.
    I used to be an artist (still do it more as a hobby), and I love both oil and watercolor, especially for its surprising effects. So, for painters like me, this is perfect because the ‘paint’ behaves familiar and in interesting ways. So the same spontaneity as in a real painting is now possible digitally. I have so far only played with this app in the Microsoft store. in the end all their demo computers showed a watercolor that i had made onthe spot. And I love this app. To me it feels like I want to create. Much more so than the Paper app on the ipad. The paper app is great, but the paint does not ‘talk back’ so to say….and I got bored with it already in the apple store.

  28. OMG I love the creature on the left that is supposed to represent me!

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