Microsoft Paint will not be discountinued

Instead of deprecating Paint in Windows 10 (which seemed to many to be the first step toward oblivion), Saunders said Microsoft would release MS Paint in the Windows Store as a free app. "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", Saunders wrote.

The application, which has been featured on every Windows release since 1985, was listed as "Deprecated" in the company's Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

Microsoft has also tweaked the shade of black that's being used in the dark theme.

Back in April, Microsoft released its Windows 10 Creators Update, which introduced their newest editing software, Paint 3D.

But for those committed to sprawling bitmaps of crudely deployed fills and stacked lightning bolts, Microsoft Paint remains alive. New innovations in the Windows 10 Creators Update include 3D in Windows 10, built-in game broadcasting, new tab management features and more in Microsoft Edge, and enhanced security features such as a new Microsoft privacy dashboard. Starting life as a 1-bit monochrome licensed version of ZSoft's PC Paintbrush, it wasn't until Windows 98 that Paint could save in JPEG.

When your device becomes eligible for the Creators Update rollout, you'll be prompted to make some important choices on your privacy settings before the Creators Update can install.

"Today, we've seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint", Microsoft said in its blog post.

I suppose, if you're a developer, that's part of the problem. So you bang your head on the desk.

But then again, one of the main reasons that people are attached to paint is its simplicity and basic artistic features. This is a program that allowed ordinary people who will never do this professionally to nonetheless mess around with images, create memes or do whatever they wanted to do.

That's how markets are supposed to work.

  • Fernando Stephens