Rejoice! Microsoft Paint Is Going Nowhere

Yesterday the world began mourning the loss of one of its greatest treasures: Microsoft Paint.

It looked like the app, a staple feature on any MS computer, was to get the axe for the next Windows 10 update - the Autumn Creators Update.

The panic set in when the software giant announced it would drop support for the feature in their upcoming update.

However, the Bill Gates-owned company has now sought to reassure its customers that the end is not nigh, and Paint will still continue.

Credit: Microsoft

In a blog post, Microsoft said: "Today, we've seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint. If there's anything we learned, it's that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans."

They added: "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."

Previously, they had filed Paint under 'deprecated' in a list of apps and features that may be removed from the software - which would mean the app would be regarded as 'not in active development and might be removed in future releases'.

The first version of the legendary status, popular with kids and adults worldwide, was released in 1985, and has been installed with every version for 32 years.

Despite its decline, Microsoft claim that 100 million people still use it each month.

The rumours of a removal completely of Paint upset many users on Twitter.


Chris Simpsons Artist is just one well-known proponent of Paint art, having created a number of illustrations featuring celebrities - and of course Simpsons characters - using the software.

Paint is being sidelined for the release of its next generation, Paint 3D - designed for 3D image making and, although it is inspired by the original, it is not a direct update.

Using Microsoft's Surface Pen, Paint 3D will be able to create more natural and detailed pictures than were previously possible in classic Paint.

The Autumn Creators Update is designed to make it easier to switch between tablets, laptops and phones.

Featured Image Credit: Microsoft Paint

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