Creatives rejoice! Microsoft saves MS Paint

Kelley Robertson
July 26, 2017

The program, first released in 1985 with the first version of Windows 1.0, was said to be slated for removal in the Windows 10 Fall Creators update, The Guardian reported on Monday.

"Today, we've seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint". There were several posts on social media saying RIP MS Paint and Microsoft an overwhelming response for the program. For windows 7 and older, Microsoft isn't going to take it away from you on the next update. The company, citing an outpouring of support around the app, declared it will save MS Paint by moving it to the Windows Store, where it will be made available to download for free. This could be problematic for employees using work computers, who may not have administrative privileges to install apps like Paint from the Windows Store.

The company said the software will be available in the Windows Store platform for free.


According to Saunders, MS Paint isn't being completely removed from Windows 10. Nothing has been set in stone yet but the application does feature in the list of apps and feature that could either be depreciated or killed as part of the Fall Creators Update. "It has been awesome to see so much love for our trusty old app", it said. Yes, you will be able to use Paint, but you'll have to keep in mind to go to the Windows Store to download the app. As the last remaining drawing application designed for mouse-only input, Paint is definitely one of a kind, valued for its relative simplicity. Well, it appears that 24 hours is a long time on the Internet, as Microsoft Paint went from being axed to being saved in less than a day. The app is significantly more complex than Paint and can be slower to launch, making it less useful as a basic image editor.

"It will continue to get new feature updates", she said.

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