Microsoft Axes Paint After 32 Years

Photo by Johannes Hemmerlein

After a 32-year run, Microsoft may be killing off its beloved image editor Paint.

microsoft-paint_384333_fullPaint, which has been included with all versions of Microsoft Windows since 1985, has officially been placed on the company’s deprecated list, which means Microsoft may opt not to include the app in its Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Even if it is included, it certainly will not receive top billing among the firm’s editor applications.

Whether Paint is included in the Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update or not, it is not likely Paint will receive any more updates and, as Mashable, points out, it could eventually become incompatible with new versions of Windows.

The ancient software was the introduction for many to the use of an editing and creation app and was widely used for many years. Although it is still used by some, it has largely been replaced by more advanced image editing software, like Microsoft’s 3D Paint.

Paint 3D incorporates many aspects of the classic Paint app, but with a modern twist and boasts a number of new brushes and tools. Users can create in 2D or 3D.

See Paint in action in the video below:


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  • its terrible that microsoft never put in effort to make ms paint to become a standard picture editor with full functional features. its really bad.