32 Years Later, Microsoft is Killing Off MS Paint With Fall 2017 Creators Update [UPDATE]

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Following the news that Microsoft was ending support for MS Paint, the company has announced they’ve decided to actually keep it around – due to the outpouring of support from its fans across the world.

Here’s the update:

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.


Microsoft Paint, the longstanding yet basic image editor that has been included in every version of Windows since the first version of the operating system back in 1985, is finally being killed off by Microsoft.

The news was confirmed via an update posted by the software giant, which now classifies the software as a “deprecated feature,” (via The Guardian). That means once the Fall 2017 Creators Update rolls out, the software will be officially classified as such.

This doesn’t mean the software will be removed in that update, but it makes sense  that Microsoft is officially re-classifying the software as such, considering their big push behind Paint 3D. That app is essentially an overhauled version of the new Paint app introduced in the Creators Update released earlier this year.

What are some of your favorite pieces of art (or trash) made in MS Paint? Sound off in the comments below with examples!

Editor’s Note: Image source via Pat Hines

Brandon Orselli


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