Long Live MSPaint

After announcing its depreciation, Microsoft has announced that its Paint software will live on thanks to an outpouring of support for the iconic application.

Earlier this month Microsoft revealed in a support article that its marking its MSPaint.exe as “depreciated” in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. What this means is that Paint will be no longer in development and “might” eventually be removed from future updates.

As you might expect, the Paint community (I didn’t even realise this was a thing…), and pretty much anyone who used Paint in the past, poured one out for the program with memes appearing across the web announcing the death of Paint.

Fortunately, that’s no longer the case as this outpouring of support has caused Microsoft to sort of back track from its announcement. Now, Microsoft has updated the support article to note that Paint will now be available in the Windows Store, and its main functions will now be integrated into the new Paint 3D app.

“Today, we’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint,” wrote Megan Saunders, general manager of 3D at Microsoft in a blog post. “MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free.”

This doesn’t necessarily mean that Paint will stick around and continue to be supported, rather Microsoft will be pointing users to its Paint 3D app instead of Paint, much like it’s done with Internet Explorer and Edge.

Paint has been a staple program within Windows for 31 years, so you can imagine the support was overwhelming, especially because crappy (or not so) paint art has become pretty popular over the past couple of years.


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