MS Paint it Back

MS Paint saved as Microsoft backtracks on the fate of legendary program

Dog done in MS Paint

MS Paint will live on. Microsoft announced further development of Paint would cease, and the app might be removed by future Windows updates. Although it will not be installed by default on future Windows editions, users can download the legendary program in the Windows Store, free of charge.

MS Paint, or just Paint, has been part of Windows since Windows 1.0 back in 1985. Paint 3D, a spiritual successor, will become part of Windows 10 with the 2017 "Fall Creators Update". Paint's demise, announced on July 24, created a huge rush of support on social media.

"an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia"

"If there's anything we learned, it's that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans," Microsoft wrote in a blog. "We’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint. 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."

Perhaps wary of another backlash after the much-troubled Windows 8 flopped, Microsoft's announcement is great news for casual lunchbreak doodlers. Server policies on company accounts may prevent users installing Paint, one issue that will plague IT support teams.

Other features that have been discontinued, or will be, are in this official list. We have already seen the improved Mail app replace legacy Outlook Express on one of our machines. Most of those features are "under the hood" things, designed to remove outdated and insecure legacy components..

While designers have long since moved on to far more powerful software, it would have been a shame to kill off Paint altogether. We've all used it for random doodles. Fun despite the obvious limitations, it's good to see a big corporate listen to its users.

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