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Microsoft has changed its mind, MS Paint is here to stay

Yesterday, news broke that Microsoft was looking to get rid of the Paint app, after classing it as a ‘deprecated feature’. The news swiftly spread and the internet at large began mourning the loss of the 32 year old program. Fortunately, it looks like that outpouring has given Microsoft pause for thought, as the company has since changed its mind, proclaiming that “MS Paint is here to stay”.

In a new blog post published today, Microsoft explained that the company took note of the “incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint”. Since so many people want Paint to stick around, Microsoft will be keeping it alive, though it will have a new home soon in the Windows Store.

“MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free”. Traditional MS Paint will live on in the Windows Store going forward. However, Microsoft also used the opportunity to remind people that 3D Paint also exists now:

“Paint 3D – the new app for creativity, also available for free with the Windows 10 Creators Update, will continue to get new feature updates. In addition to the new 3D capabilities, many of the MS Paint features people know and love like photo editing, line and curve tools, and 2D creation are in Paint 3D.”

KitGuru Says: I use Paint all the time for saving/cropping screenshots, so I’m glad it won’t be going anywhere. The move to the Windows 10 Store seems a tad unnecessary but it’s better than nothing.

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