Stand down, everyone: Microsoft Paint isn’t going divided after all.
Microsoft signaled an about-face in a blog post Monday night by Megan Saunders, a ubiquitous manager within a Windows Experiences group. Instead of deprecating Paint in Windows 10 (which seemed to many to be a initial step toward oblivion), Saunders pronounced Microsoft would recover MS Paint in a Windows Store as a giveaway app. “MS Paint is here to stay, it will only have a new home soon, in a Windows Store where it will be accessible for free,” Saunders wrote.
Saunders concurred a pleas of Paint fans who didn’t wish this longtime app to go away. “Today, we’ve seen an implausible escape of support and nostalgia around MS Paint,” Saunders wrote. Her successive difference were roughly sentimental, as she endorsed Paint’s stability existence: “If there’s anything we learned, it’s that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans. It’s been extraordinary to see so most adore for a reliable aged app.”
Microsoft had formerly personal a Paint app as “deprecated” within a arriving Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, definition Microsoft would strictly stop growth on it, and it could be private from a OS possibly with a recover of a FCU or in a future. Microsoft apparently still skeleton to mislay it—yet concede users entrance to it if they so choose.
Saunders didn’t contend when Paint would be transitioned over to a Store app, nor did she discuss either it would still be developed–or only recorded in amber. Saunders did contend that Paint3D, Microsoft’s new 3D calm origination app, will sojourn and accept updates in a future.
Paint was innate with Windows 1.0 in 1985, as a licensed chronicle of ZSoft’s PC Paintbrush. Microsoft updated Paint over successive versions, adding support for JPEG, TIFF, and other record formats. Though distant some-more worldly imaging collection have risen around it, Paint always served as a quick-and-dirty print editor and sketch tool.
Why this matters: We’ll never know either Microsoft always designed to move Paint behind as a Store app, though there’s no doubt a association kick-saved what seemed to be an annoying idea opposite a company. Whether it be a head-scratching Solitaire subscription or only a refuge of a dear utility, a doctrine is clear: PC users don’t like their apps being messed with, Microsoft.