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Microsoft Paint Will Continue to Live in the Windows Store

Over the weekend Microsoft announced deprecated or removed features in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. One popular app on the deprecated list is MS Paint. Microsoft Paint has been around since Windows 1.0 and there is a lot of nostalgia for the simple graphics editor among Windows users. On Monday, multiple tech sites were reporting the death of Paint – which isn’t true anyway as it was listed as ‘deprecated’ and could be removed in future releases. But I digress. The bottom line is Paint will continue to live on through the Windows Store.

MS Paint

Due to popular demand, Microsoft Paint will live on through the Windows Store.

Late Monday night Microsoft announced that MS Paint is here to stay. General Manager of Windows Experiences, Megan Saunders, wrote the following in a blog post:

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. 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.

However, it is apparent that the company wants you to use its new Paint 3D app (also free) which first shipped with the Creators Update. Megan continues in her post writing, “Many of the MS Paint features people know and love like photo editing, line and curve tools, and 2D creation are in Paint 3D.”

Paint 3D

While the original MS Paint app will live on, Microsoft wants you to use it’s new Paint 3D.

Since it’s a Modern app, it will receive all of the developer team attention and get further updates. But if you are used to using MS Paint for simple photo edits and other easy graphics tasks, you can take solace in the fact that the nostalgic program isn’t going anywhere for the foreseeable future. Just don’t expect any new feature updates for it.

Are you a MS Paint user for easy photo edits? Leave a comment below and tell us your stories of using one of the original Windows apps.

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5 Responses to Microsoft Paint Will Continue to Live in the Windows Store

  1. carmen July 25, 2017 at 7:10 pm #

    I recently got a new computer with Windows 10 and can’t install my old, favorite graphics program, so I’ve been using Paint more than I ever have. Although it is limited, I’m surprised at how much I can do with it. I do use Paint3D to rotate, but haven’t found the time to learn a new program, so I’m happy to have MS Paint until then.

    • Brian Burgess July 25, 2017 at 7:34 pm #

      @carmen What graphics program were you using before?

      • carmen July 25, 2017 at 11:18 pm #

        iPhoto Plus4 (used for over 10 years). It’s just for personal use and I’m a penny-pincher, so I’ve never thought to invest in purchasing and learning a new program.

  2. Andrew Whittington July 27, 2017 at 12:53 am #

    I have used Paint for many years and so have a lot of our customers.
    I find it quick and reliable for the simple tasks such as “pasting” a Screen Print, then adding some text to the picture.
    This has proved perfect for customer support.
    They just take a screen (whilst any error message or bad situation is on the screen)
    Then type onto the picture details about what they did before the error arose.
    Save it and email it.
    The procedure is so simple and reliable and has never let us down, never even hiccuped.
    What other software has performed this well and for so long?

  3. Richard July 30, 2017 at 8:40 am #

    Thanks for the “Heads Up” Brian! I will definitely start using it!!!!

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