Social media screamed and Microsoft seemingly listened – Microsoft confirmed that MS Paint is here to stay, albeit in a new location, after a scare that the nostalgic program would be killed altogether.
When Microsoft announced earlier this week that MS Paint would be removed in the next Windows 10 update, several individuals expressed their disappointment from across the interwebs.
After the outcry, Microsoft released a blog post clarifying that MS Paint will just be removed from the default program list with the next update, and instead move to a new home.
“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,” said Megan Saunders, general manager, 3D for Everyone Initiative, Windows Experiences.
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So, the program will still exist – fans will just have to download it from the Windows Store.
“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,” said Saunders.
The 32-year-old program – first introduced in 1985 – might have been greatly missed. MS Paint is one of the original art apps used by graphics editors, not to mention, a big part of many childhoods.
Microsoft released a new version of MS Paint, Paint 3D, back in April, however, the 3D app was not an MSPaint update. According to Microsoft, there are still some features that are comparable to the original MSPaint.
“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,” said Saunders.
Unlike MS Paint, Paint 3D will be part of the default programs list with the next update.
The update, or “Autumn,” or the “Fall Creators Update,” as it’s been dubbed, will be eliminating a few other apps, including Outlook Express and Reader app.
The Fall Creators Update is expected to launch sometime in October 2017.
Cover photo courtesy of Microsoft’s blog post