MS Paint will not fade into oblivion after all.
Microsoft, which officially placed the 32-year-old app on the company’s deprecated list on Monday, has good news for all of the Paint fans out there: Although Microsoft may opt not to include the app in its Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Paint will still be available for free via the Windows Store.
“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,” Microsoft said in a blog post. “It’s been amazing to see so much love for our trusty old app.”
Microsoft said MS Paint would move to its new home “soon.”
Paint, which has been included with all versions of Microsoft Windows since 1985, was the introduction for many to the use of an editing and creation app — and it 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 Although it is still used by some, it has largely been replaced by more advanced image editing software, like Microsoft’s 3D Paint, which will be available for free with the Windows 10 Creators Update.
Paint 3D incorporates many aspects of the classic Paint app such as photo editing and line and curve tools, but with a modern twist and boasts a number of new brushes and tools. Users can create in 2D or 3D.