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Microsoft Is Killing MS Paint After 32 Years

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The image editing app, MS Paint that has existed for over 3 decades might be removed from Windows. You may no longer see the MS Paint tool with the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators update later this year. It is succeeded by the advanced Paint 3D.

For Windows users, Paint has been one of the most essential utilities that comes to the rescue whenever needed. Rather than actually painting, most of us used it all the time for pasting screenshots and converting images from png to jpeg or vice versa. You are for sure gonna remember coloring the house in landscape, then spilling the paint all over the drawing because you didn’t join an edge!

A Small Flashback

The MS Paint was a great hit and the two main reasons behind its success are – it comes with all Windows versions and editing picture on Paint is like a child’s play.

It wasn’t originally developed by Microsoft, instead it was a licensed version of ZSoft Corporation’s PC Paintbrush. In the first version of Windows (released in 1985), Paint only supported 1-bit monochrome graphics. Later it was superseded by Paintbrush in Windows 3.0, with color support and a redesigned user interface.

The Replacement

The removal of this vintage image editing tool is kind of expected after the release of Paint 3D that allows you to capture and edit real life objects, and even print the 3d images.

Paint 3D includes most of the MS Paint’s 2d objects, new colorful stickers, and patterns that can be applied to the 3d objects and backgrounds. In fact, you can save animations in 2d as well as 3d formats and share it using Microsoft online service Remix 3D, which lets users upload their work and download others, and save their creations to their Xbox Live profile.

Awesome Creations

Since MS Paint has been bundled with Windows for nearly 30 years, all windows users have a special attachment towards this simple application. We are presenting some of the masterpieces that were made on MS Paint.


Patrick Hines/DeviantArt

Patrick Hines/DeviantArt 

Credit: Pat Hines

Credit: Hal Lasko

What Else They Are Removing

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Microsoft has published a list of all features that are removed or deprecated in the next Windows update. They have included Paint in the “deprecated column, which indicates that the vintage graphic tool is not in active development and might be removed in future releases. Furthermore, they are removing –

  1. Tile data layer
  2. 3D builder app
  3. Outlook express
  4. Non secure syskey.exe
  5. Reader app and Reading lists
  6. Screen saver functionality in Themes
  7. Enhanced mitigation experience toolkit
  8. TCP offload engine (to be replaced by Tile Store)