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Leaked videos may be preview of Microsoft's October surprises

The default Windows sketching app appears to be getting a 3D upgrade. It could be an indication of the wider Microsoft news we'll see on October 26.

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One of the oldest default apps in the Windows operating system may be getting a 3D makeover.

On Friday, two videos surfaced online -- first shared publicly by Twitter user Waking Cat -- showing an overhauled version of the MS Paint app, complete with 3D effects that don't exist in the current version.

When asked about the videos, a Microsoft spokesperson said, "We're always looking at ways to innovate Windows experiences but have nothing to share at this time."

The leak comes on the heels of Microsoft confirming a long-rumored event scheduled for October 26. The company is expected to unveil a new Surface all-in-one, though you should not expect new phones, laptops or Surface tablets, according to pundit Paul Thurrott, who has a very good track record on Microsoft rumors.

However, the company will also undoubtedly use the event to highlight updates to the Windows 10 operating system, with this updated Paint app, and possibly others, on the docket.

Based on the videos, it looks like the updated MS Paint app will be able to make 3D objects easily on a Surface tablet (or separate touch-screen Windows 10 device) with stylus or touch controls. The software looks like it focuses on easy creation and simple design, similar to other recent apps for 3D creation like uMake on the iPad Pro .

The 3D content creation could also perfectly dovetail with Microsoft's mixed-reality HoloLens headset, which has strived for 3D art-creation functions. There are already several virtual-reality art apps for the Windows-based HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, including Google's Tiltbrush and Oculus' upcoming Touch-based Medium.

Could Microsoft be trying to make strides in 3D software? We'll know more in a few weeks.

Read more on ZDNet: Windows 10's big Microsoft Paint refresh: Now you get 3D objects, stickers, new tools