Is Microsoft Killing MS Paint After 32 Years?

After a barrage of emotional outpourings and rage resulting from reports suggesting that Microsoft is to “deprecate” MS Paint and remove it from future versions of windows - there is a sense of relief among netizens.

In a statement issued by Microsoft, the company has assured that it isn’t going to kill Paint, at least any time soon. In the past 32 years of its existence, MS Paint has captured the hearts of millions and garnered fans of all ages world over. Because of its simple interface, user-friendliness and utility it got universally loved and used by people from all walks of life. Right from kids who used it to display their creativity and learn painting to adults who used it for minor image editing and enhancing.

So, when a news that this globally loved product is to be axed, it provoked anger, sadness and nostalgia among netizens. This was evident in the memes, cartoons and MS Paint-created tributes that was widely shared ever since the news hit the internet. 

The company’s official blog 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” reports that the app which has been a mainstay of Windows for 32 years, will be taken out of the main operating system and put in the app store. And it will be partially replaced by a new app called Paint 3D, which reportedly offers some of the same features. What used to come as a default app in windows will no longer be available but instead users could download it for free from the windows app store.  

The report also stated that Windows users can now use Paint 3D which comes bundled with the Creators Update to Windows 10. Paint 3D offers many of the same features as MS Paint and newer features will be added in future updates.

"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," Microsoft said.