Microsoft Rescues MS Paint

Posted July 26, 2017

"It's been wonderful to see so much love for our trusty old app", said Megan Saunders, general manager of Microsoft's 3D for Everyone initiative, in a Microsoft company blog post.

Paint was first introduced with the first version of Windows, called Windows 1.0 back November 1985, where it was originally a licensed version of PC Paintbrush developed by ZSoft Corporation. Microsoft says it will be keeping its popular Paint program, The Guardian reported.

The fear of MS Paint being killed off started after Microsoft added it to a list of programs that are being given the "Deprecated" status when the Window 10 Fall Creators Update comes out later this year.

On Windows Store the MS Pain will be available as Paint 3D, a new app for creativity. The biggest difference is that Paint will no longer be installed by default with Windows and on work and enterprise machines, it is unlikely that system administrators will allow employees to install apps from the Windows Store in most situations. As a result, Microsoft announced today that MS Paint is set to become a free app on the Windows Store. Yes, you will be able to use Paint, but you'll have to do not forget to go to the Windows Store to download the app. "It's been unbelievable to see so much love for our trusty old app". The 32-year-old app is arguably one of the simplest yet powerful artistic software available till date.

The Redmond tech giant gave the cold status of "deprecated" to MS Paint, which received some major wistful reporting yesterday.

Microsoft already has a Paint alternative, Paint 3D, which includes similar tools along with, as the name suggests, a few 3D editing options.

Thankfully for those people, while Paint 3D continues to evolve and receive regular updates, its old-school forebear will still be accessible as well.