Microsoft Confirms: Paint App is Here to Stay

Microsoft announced on Monday that they are not going to kill off the Paint app in the next update of Windows 10 – it will be available for free

The company has recently released a list of app on which Paint was tagged as “deprecated”, meaning that Microsoft was considering removing it as soon as the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update gets released the current year.

As soon as people on social media heard the news, they shared their appreciation and wished for the app to stay.

However, Microsoft soon came and released a blog post, clarifying that Paint won’t be completely removed. Instead, it will be available in the Windows Store for free.

“Today, we’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint. 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,” Megan Saunders, general manager at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post

“Amidst today’s commentary around MS Paint we wanted to take this opportunity to set the record straight, clear up some confusion and share some good news: 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.”

Paint app was first introduced in 1985 on Windows 1.0. Originally, it was a licensed version of PC Paintbrush made by Zsoft Corporation.

At first, it supported 1-bit monochrome graphics. Only starting from Windows 98 were users able to save images in the JPEG format.

More than that, Microsoft unveiled Paint 3D last year, a new version that is more advanced and allows users to create three-dimensional images. The app is currently part of Windows 10.