Microsoft is working on a new Microsoft Edge-based Windows 11 app called “Designer” which appears to be a new service similar to Canva, a graphic design platform used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, and more.
Microsoft already has PowerPoint, a powerful tool for businesses or students to create presentations on any topic. Canva does the same thing, but it’s more user-friendly, and anyone can easily get started with the service, thanks to ready-to-use templates, a wide selection of fonts, and more.
While PowerPoint focuses on presentations, Canva offers more sophisticated designs and its interface is optimized for drag and drop. As a result, Canva is faster to learn and it’s also free, so you quickly get your presentation or ads for Instagram, Facebook, etc. faster.
Windows 11’s new “Designer” app isn’t meant to replace PowerPoint on the desktop OS or on the web. Instead, Designer aims to help students and small business owners easily create their own advertisements, promotional or marketing publications, presentations, and other visual materials.
Microsoft Designer was briefly accessible via “designer.microsoft.com” for anyone with a personal or school account. Unfortunately, Microsoft has now fixed the bug that allowed us to open the portal, but Microsoft Designer’s public preview may be announced in a few weeks.
Designer, which appears to be a Canva-like web application, could be touted as an all-in-one solution for students and businesses that need professional-looking graphics, great slides, Facebook ads, images LinkedIn, animated Instagram posts, and other brand assets.
Unlike PowerPoint, Microsoft Designer comes with templates, an image library, shapes, and ideas for your Instagram or Facebook posts. Thanks to these features, it is possible to create stunning creations in minutes,
According to the leaked app, here is a list of features:
- Pre-made templates can help you get started.
- Ideas show you even more design options and push your creativity further.
- Add your design to a social media post and share it with your followers.
- Preset canvas size: 1080x1080px for Instagram, 1200x628x for Facebook Ads, and 1080×1920 Instagram Stories. The fourth option lets you start with a custom size.
It is also possible to connect your LinkedIn account and post updates directly to the social media platform.
“Connecting your LinkedIn allows you to post your Microsoft Designer designs to your LinkedIn profile. Microsoft does not share any personal data with this application and does not store your password,” Microsoft’s leaked document reads.
Most importantly, Microsoft Designer is optimized for beginners who know nothing about designing banners or art for their social media. In other words, it doesn’t require you to know anything about design. That’s what makes it different and interesting from PowerPoint, and it has the potential to become your favorite design app.