Paint is one of those programs that hasn't changed much over the years but the latest version in Windows 8.1 does have the now standard ribbon bar.
The ribbon bar has a number of shapes to choose from and they can be drawn onto a variable sized canvas.
The lines for the shapes can be set at varying thicknesses and can be one of a preset colour palette or a user defined colour. The shapes can be filled in or left empty.
Text can be added to the canvas. The text can be set to one of a number of fonts, font sizes and styles such as bold or underline.
The image can be resized and saved in a number of different formats.
There is nothing particularly special about Microsoft Paint but it is a good toy for kids to play with. It can also be used for resizing images and for adding funny captions to photos.
Imagemagick doesn't look anything like MS Paint and it is much better for editing photos than it is for drawing images.
You can create a canvas in the same way as you can for MS Paint and you can add all sorts of shapes including triangles, rectangles and circles.
The width of the lines can be adjusted and you can fill in the shapes using different colours.
There are some nice effects such as wavy lines and bricks that can be used to fill shapes and as you can see in the image above there are some nice shading effects.
One feature that appears to be missing is the ability to add text.
Image Magick doesn't look as clean as MS Paint but it is easy enough to use. I don't think it would suit younger children in the same way that MS Paint would.
I found MT Paint to be horrendously difficult to use which begs a question, "Who is it for?".
The toolbar has a number of tools including the ability to paint, select shapes, fill shapes, draw straight lines, clone, make a selection, make a polygon selection, add a gradient, lasso selection and add text.
The issue I found was getting it to keep any of the selections to hold and then to fill the selections with colours. It just isn't very intuitive.
You can resize the canvas and adding text was simple enough. The image can be saved in a number of different formats although JPEG doesn't appear to be one of them.
The text tool works well and there are even a few extras including filters. The shapes to choose from include rectangles, circles and polygons.