Windows 7… new PAINT?!?

Stephen Chapman of the UX Evangelist blog managed to get screen shots of the next version of Windows: Windows 7.  In the screen shot, it shows the new version of Windows Paint, using the “Ribbon” interface.

Ok, the fact that they’re rolling out the Ribbon interface across the OS applications is pretty significant.  However, what’s more significant to me is that they’re STILL spending time on paint?!? How many free imaging applications are out there for Windows?  Do people even use Paint anymore?  Maybe they could just bit the bullet and roll a great free tool like, or better yet bring people to a web site that has a listing of free alternatives that they could install and use instead of Paint.  It just seems to me that there are lots of other things Windows could improve in Windows 7 than MS Paint?!?