Microsoft’s “Designer”, still not official, but here are some new details

In May this year, images from a Microsoft tool known as “Designer” has been leaked online, thanks to “WalkingCat”. This week we got some additional information about Designer that hasn’t been released yet. The code name for the project appears to be “Oasis”.

Designer appears to be a tool meant to help create Instagram and LinkedIn posts and stories, Facebook ads, brochures, invitations, and more. Users can start with a blank canvas or provided templates for their creations.

A preview of the Designer tool was briefly available via to people with a personal or educational Microsoft account, but Microsoft has since blocked content from being available at that URL, although the Designer logo always appears.

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A page with this Designer preview provided by WalkingCat this week shows a screen titled “Let’s get started with your content” where users can select the type of design they intend to create, answer the question “What do you want to tell your audience” and choose a color scheme. “We use your content and AI to create designs for you,” it says at the top of the page.

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Image: WalkingCat.

At the bottom of the design page there is a note: “Check out more stencils with Microsoft Create. » Yesterday, The Cat tweeted that he discovered a link,, which appears to be where these models may be stored. Those of us who tried to access this URL received a message telling them that the site/app was not ready yet and to come back later.

Some have wondered if Microsoft has any intentions of trying to take on the Canva graphic design platform with this new Designer product. Having used Microsoft Sway extensively, I feel that Designer could be its successor, as this service has not been updated since 2017 and appears to be abandoned at this point. There could also be synergies between PowerPoint Designer and this new Designer tool, especially around the idea generation concept.

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As for the AI ​​element, I bet that when (or if ever) Microsoft announces the Designer tool, it will point out that its ability to suggest ideas and interpret user intent comes from its suite of Context IQ predictive AI technologies, which the company first publicly discussed last November.

It is not yet known when Microsoft plans to release the preview versions of Designer and Create. When I asked them the question, my response was the traditional “we have nothing to share”.

As for the Oasis codename, which I found while digging around the URL, it’s not the first time Microsoft has used it as a codename. Back when the Windows team was still planning to create a series of “shells” for Windows 10, the holographic shell was codenamed “Oasis”. Since that idea is no longer active, the maintainers felt they could revive the Oasis codename.

Separately, Microsoft has updated its pricing for its online video editor Clipchamp, as reported by Windows Central on August 4. The publisher reduced the number of paid tiers to one and lowered the price of many premium features. Originally, Clipchamp’s premium tiers were between $9 and $39 each, Windows Central notes; now there is only an $11.99 tier with all the premium features called “Essentials” There is also still a free tier.


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