If you’re on the internet reading a website like this, chances are very good that you’ve tinkered with MS Paint at some point or another. Whether you were drawing inappropriate things – I know, you’d never – or recreating renaissance classics, just about anyone with a computer has opened the app at least once or twice. That old standby, responsible for some of the internet’s very best and worst art, is on the short list to ride off into the sunset in Windows’ near future.
Microsoft added the Paint app, along with a few other applications, to a list of apps that will be “removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.” Paint is on the ‘deprecated’ list, which means that the application is no longer “in active development and might be removed in future releases.”
I drew that just for you
Microsoft Paint was added to Windows way, way back at the very beginning, in 1985, and has been part of Windows ever since. In addition to being a great way to draw crude images of crude subject matter, it was once a great way to get people used to using computer mice back when they were a new device. Along with Paint, applications like Outlook Express and Reader are going away as well. Those two are on the “remove” list.
And while Paint is going away, its progency survives. Following an outpouring of support for the application, Microsoft took to its blog to write about the successor.
“If there’s anything we’ve 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,” Microsoft writes. The company says that Paint isn’t going away, but that’s not quite true. The first Creators Update introduced Paint 3D, a much more flexible and modern tool that does everything Paint does and more. But this isn’t the same executable file. So Paint is still going away, but its successor will be available.
The Fall Creators Update doesn’t have a release date, but if you check the name, I bet you can guess when it’s coming out.