Is this end of era?
Paint has been part of the Windows operating system since its release in 1985 and is known for its simplicity and basic artistic results.
It will be either removed or no longer developed according to
Tomi Engdahl says:
Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian:
Microsoft Paint, first released with Windows 1.0 in 1985, to be “removed or deprecated” in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update; Paint 3D to remain
Microsoft Paint to be killed off after 32 years
Long-standing basic graphics editing program, used throughout childhoods since the 1980s, has been marked for death
Microsoft’s next Windows 10 update, called the Autumn (or Fall in the US) Creators Update, will bring a variety of new features. But one long-standing stalwart of the Windows experience has been put on the chopping block: Microsoft Paint.
With the Windows 10 Creators Update, released in April, Microsoft introduced the new Paint 3D, which is installed alongside traditional Paint and features 3D image making tools as well as some basic 2D image editing. But it is not an update to original Paint and doesn’t behave like it.
Now Microsoft has announced that, alongside Outlook Express, Reader app and Reading list, Microsoft Paint has been signalled for death having been added to the “features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update” list.
Paint was never one of the most capable apps, and was limited to the bitmap (BMP) and PCX formats until 1998, but if you wanted to scribble something out using your mouse or make a quick cut and paste job, Paint was always there, even on work computers.
The most recent version of Paint for Windows 7 and later was much improved, but still considered feature poor compared to other free alternatives such as the third-party Paint.NET.
When Microsoft Paint will officially be removed from Windows has yet to be confirmed
Tomi Engdahl says:
No, Microsoft Won’t Kill Off the 32-Year-Old Paint in Windows 10 Redstone 3
The company denies all reports in official blog post today
As we reported the last weekend, Microsoft is removing and deprecating a number of features in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (also known as Redstone 3), and following the company’s announcement, many media outlets rushed to announce the company is killing off the super-popular Paint after 32 years on the market.
“Paint isn’t going anywhere”
The company plans to launch a Windows Store version of the classic Paint, which means it’ll continue getting updates and improvements despite no longer being part of the operating system.
“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. Amidst today’s commentary around MS Paint we wanted to take this opportunity to set the record straight, clear up some confusion and share some good news,” Megan Saunders, General Manager, 3D for Everyone Initiative, Windows Experiences, explained.
“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.”
Does this mean that with Paint moving to the Windows Store Microsoft is abandoning it on the other Windows versions? Pretty much
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is projected to go live in September