Fans save Microsoft Paint
Microsoft recently announced new features that will be included in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, as well as capabilities that it would be cutting. In news that shook the world, the tech giant revealed plans to get rid of Microsoft Paint.
The company’s graphics program was included in a list of Windows 10 features that are set to be removed or no longer developed from the Fall update, BBC News reported.
The app is known and loved for its simplicity, having been a part of the Windows operating system since its release in 1985. As the Guardian explains, the program started as a 1-bit monochrome licensed version of ZSoft’s PC Paintbrush. Users couldn’t save MS Paint creations in JPEG until Windows 98.
While MS Paint was set to be axed from the Windows 10 update, the company said its successor, Paint 3D, would still be available to users.
However, fans were not happy. Users took to social media to express their disappointment, and share memories as well as their favourite MS Paint artwork.
And it seems the fans have won.
Microsoft has now revealed it won’t be killing the app, but will remove it from installs of Windows. However, as the Independent reports, users will be able to download the app for free from the Windows app store.
In a blog post, Microsoft’s general manager of the 3D for Everyone initiative, Megan Saunders, said: “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.
“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. It’s been amazing to see so much love for our trusty old app.”
The company also noted that many of the same MS Paint features that users love so much will be available in Paint 3D, with the new version of the app included in the Creators Update.
Microsoft said: “In addition to the new 3D capabilities, many of the MS Paint features people know and love like photo editing, line and curve tools, and 2D creation are in Paint 3D.”
But what else is being dropped in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?
Included in the list of features to be removed or no longer developed are: Outlook Express; the Reader app, which has been integrated into the Edge web browser; Screensaver functionality has been removed from Themes, ‘deprecated’ elsewhere; and the 3D Builder app will no longer be installed by default, but will be available from the Windows Store.