In a surprising turn of events, Microsoft Paint is here to stay! Just two days ago it was announced that the longstanding computer app would come to an end in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Paint was noted as a deprecated feature and was just not modern enough to warrant support.
Following an outcry of support though, Microsoft said the app will soon land in the Windows Store for free. In an interview with CNN, a Microsoft Spokesperson said the following regarding the decision.
“In the future, we will offer MS Paint in the Windows Store also for free, and continue to provide new updates and experiences to Paint 3D so people have the best creative tools all in one place.”
The first iteration of Paint was introduced with the first version of Windows, Windows 1.0, in November 1985. At first, it only supported 1-bit monochrome graphics under a proprietary “MSP” format. Over time the product grew into a tool that artist could use to create digital masterpieces out of a simple blank canvas.
Over its 32 years, Paint has still managed to live on through various site like Reddit, who have multiple subreddit forums devoted to the app, including a man who was so bad at photoshop, he illustrated his books using Paint. Doing so brought other users like Langjahr out of the woodwork to show that the old app could still produce masterful art.
As of last year, the app still had over 100 million monthly users. While Paint has been given an app, it won’t be as integral a part of the operating system as it used to be, so certain types of computers may still have issues regarding using the app.
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