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

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[UPDATE]

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.

[ORIGINAL STORY]

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

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  • Mr0303

    To this day it is a serviceable image editor. I haven’t used the new 3D version, but knowing MS they’ll likely overcomplicate it.

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
  • Bitterbear

    This will likely resurrect as MS Paint with ads.

  • vonSanneck

    3D Paint is trying to compete with Photoshop. Let that sink in.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    RIP

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    May the circle tooling menace finally die out.

  • Matz

    Paint was a great tool for taking and croping screenshots, as a user of Windows 10 I’m still using it and never heard of that Paint 3D

  • Morlab

    Anyone that has used Paint 3D can tell you it’s not worth using, MS Paint still manages to somehow be a slightly better program for basic use, and anything requiring more advanced features can be had elsewhere.

  • NukeA6

    I don’t use any Windows OS newer than 7 so I really don’t care what Microsoft does. Don’t they still block emulation and all that in Windows 10?

  • SuuLoliBoob

    Wow, Microsoft loses another exclusive, shocker

  • Audie Bakerson

    Yep. 99% of users will use it purely for cropping and saving screenshots, maybe some basic line drawings on occasion. Anything more advanced is just bloat for them.

  • Are our Eyes Real?

    It was extremely shitty if we are completely honest. It would reduce the quality of whatever picture you cropped/changed by a fuck ton, no matter the size or type of file.

    Once you install PS/Gimp you can never go back to Paint.

  • Are our Eyes Real?

    It was extremely shitty if we are completely honest. It would reduce the quality of whatever picture you cropped/changed by a fuck ton, no matter the size or type of file.

    Once you install PS/Gimp you can never go back to Paint.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    THIS. It’s what I use it for. I’m sure an MS Paint like program exists or will appear because of this.

  • RichardGristle

    Use Irfanview.

  • InkViper

    Thay shutdown Lionhead and kill off the Fable franchise, screw Platinum over by terminating ScaleBound! now they’re going for the Hat Trick by eliminating their last great IP, MS Paint!!!!

  • NeoTechni

    Lol

  • Goodbye paint.

  • sanic

    How will dobson copy paste his comics now?

  • Gigaknight

    Doesn’t matter to me–I wouldn’t touch W10 with a ten-foot pole.

  • Spajeto

    How could they possibly block “emulation” in Windows 10?

  • Spajeto

    Says who?

  • NukeA6

    Some friend of mine mentioned Windows 10 blocking certain programs from running. I know torrents are definitely one of them and I could have sworn he mentioned a PS2 emulator.

  • Spajeto

    What? Windows 10 does not block torrents, lol

  • NukeA6

    Well if it doesn’t do that, the data-mining and privacy invasion is enough for me the avoid Windows 10.

  • That whats the Snipping Tools from Win are for …

  • Garett Dylan Drake

    as long as you don’t delete it from your computer, you can keep it.