Microsoft users have not heard the last from MS Paint as the software, which was scheduled to be removed following the next Windows 10 Update, will live on in a new form.
Microsoft Paint has a longer than might be expected history, as the software was first released with the first-ever version of Windows, version 1.0, in 1985. Many users have used it as an initial editing tool and watched it pass through various changes and updates. Paint also came to be considered a core element of Windows.
Back in April, Microsoft released its Windows 10 Creators Update, which introduced their newest editing software, Paint 3D. Initially coming alongside the traditional MS Paint, this comes as a new version and not an update to the original.
Then, the company also announced its decision to phase out the original Paint, which sparked a wave of outrage among its users.
MS Paint, Back From Technical Death
Initially, Microsoft announced that Paint is on the list of features that will be deprecated or removed in its Windows 10 Fall (or Autumn) Creators Update. It would have joined others such as Outlook Express, the Reading list or Reader app.
However, on July 24, Microsoft turned the page and revealed that MS Paint would not be completely removed. Instead, it will be changing forms and become available as an app in the to be released Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
In a blog post, Microsoft declared that “Today, we’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint. It’s been amazing to see so much love for our trusty old app.”
Then, it went to “set the record straight” and clearing up “some confusions”, which should come as ‘good news’. Namely, the post pointed out that MS Paint will transition to an app.
This will start being available in the Windows Store and for free. It will also be featured alongside the Paint 3D app, which will continue getting new features and updates.
Microsoft is also asking users to keep returning feedback about the Paint 3D app.
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