On July 24, word spread that Microsoft is planning to push Paint on a list of “deprecated” features that would be included in the company’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. There was a huge and expected outcry. MS had planned that Paint would no longer be subject to active development and could subsequently go away. The company later confirmed that an app version would be available in the Windows store.
“MS Paint is not going away,” Calli Rose, Microsoft spokesperson said in an email. “In addition to the new 3D capabilities, many of the MS Paint features people know and love like photo editing and 2D creation are in Paint 3D – the new app for creativity, available for free with the Windows 10 Creators Update. 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 reversal came after numerous tweets from longtime users. The users used Paint to express themselves and hashtag “RIPMSPaint” trended entire day. Microsoft later published a blog post saying the outcry of fan support led the company to change its mind on Paint. “Today, we’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint,” Microsoft said in its blog post. “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.”
Paint was launched on the company’s original Windows 1.0 program in 1985. Over the years it became a staple on Microsoft software programs. The blog post mentioned that MS Paint will be available for free on Windows Store and Paint 3D – the new app for creativity – will be available for free with the Windows 10 Creators Update and will continue to get new feature updates.