Paint going nowhere - it will just have a new home

26 July, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Jeannette Greene
  • A scene from the movie'Jaws, recreated in MS Paint

"Today, we've seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint".

Fear not Microsoft Paint fans, the beloved, 32-year-old user-friendly art program isn't going anywhere.

Taking Paint's place in the start menu (if not in our hearts) is the new Paint 3D which, Microsoft was keen to point out in its blog, has a lot of the functionality of the old app. Microsoft goes into outlining which programs will be axed, but one of them, stood out for us when first glanced upon, and that was the ever-cherished Microsoft Paint. The biggest difference is that Paint will no longer be installed by default with Windows and on work and enterprise machines, it is unlikely that system administrators will allow employees to install apps from the Windows Store in most situations.

The company recently announced that Microsoft Paint is on a list of features that are set to be "removed and deprecated" in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, set to be released this fall.

According to Saunders, MS Paint isn't being completely removed from Windows 10.


Microsoft has just sent out an official statement explaining that the MS Paint will not be discontinued right away. While this is still the case, Microsoft now says it will offer the software as a free download should anyone want to keep using it.

Microsoft Paint isn't dead yet, after all.

The company said the software will be available in the Windows Store platform for free. The Universal Windows app launched earlier this year with the Windows 10 Creators Update. The company unveiled the drawing app previous year.

The Redmond tech giant gave the cold status of "deprecated" to MS Paint, which received some major wistful reporting yesterday.

Ending updates to certain tools is an effective way to get users to upgrade, funneling users into current product offerings.

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