MS Paint Survives the Company’s Killing Spree – Will Remain Part of Windows 10

Apr 23, 2019
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The last few months have been all about Microsoft getting rid of its legacy products, some of which have turned into security nightmares. From Windows 7 to Internet Explorer and even the fan-favorite Microsoft Paint, a lot of products are being killed by the company.

However, nothing received more user attention than the Windows maker's July 2018 decision to deprecate Microsoft Paint. Paint lovers will be happy to know that the company has decided against removing Paint as a standard feature of Windows 10, as confirmed by Brandon LeBlanc, Senior Program Manager of the Windows Insider Program at Microsoft.

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Version 1903 refers to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, which is currently available to Windows Insiders in the Slow and Release Preview rings (although anyone can sign up and download it).

LeBlanc hasn't shared any further details of why the company is giving a reprieve to Paint, but it is likely that user reaction had something to do with this decision. “Today, we’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint,” Megan Saunders, General Manager, 3D for Everyone Initiative, Windows Experiences had said at the time. “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.”

First introduced in 1985 with Windows 1.0, MS Paint took its current form with Windows 98. After 32 years in service, Microsoft had planned to remove MS Paint from Windows 10 last year and offer it as a free download from the Microsoft Store. The Windows maker does offer most of the Paint functionality with its Paint 3D app and wanted to focus entirely on Paint 3D. It remains unclear if MS Paint's survival affects Paint 3D in any way.

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