Microsoft Paint is dropped from latest Windows update

Mark Lombard

Mark Lombard

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Windows is dropping Microsoft Paint after 32 years.

Microsoft Paint is an imaging editing programme, which many are sure to be sad to see go. The new Windows 10 update will no longer include the legendary programme. Microsoft cited Paint to be “deprecated” and is part of a list of apps and features that may be removed. This means that the programme is “not in active development” and will most likely be removed from future updates. Rumours are that 3D Builder App, Outlook Express and Reader are also on this list amongst others. You can see the full list here. Paint has been part of the Windows operating system since 1985, that makes it 32 years. The tool became and still is popular with users to crop and colour images, copy and paste and to pass the time by doodling. 2016 figures show that Microsoft Paint was used by 100 million people per month, according to the tech giant. That begs the question why would they discontinue the feature. It seems that although the programme is still used by millions, it lost popularity since the release of Microsoft Paint 3D. The latter will stay on as a feature with the new update. Users took to Twitter earlier this year to express their discontent on social media, mostly reminiscing about their childhood Paint memories. The latest Windows 10 update, aka The Fall Creators Update, aims to come with tools that makes it easier to “switch between tablets, laptops, smartphones and augmented reality video and photo editing tools in StoryMix.” Paint 3D was inspired by the original, is quite different although the developers tried to keep it simple to use. It is designed to use in conjunction with Microsoft’s Surface Pen, that lets users draw natural and detailed pictures. Below is a video showing off the features: