Microsoft Forgoes Paint in Fall Rollout

For those who loved and grew up with the popular and simple drawing program, we will now watch Paint cry.

Microsoft is officially listing MS Paint as a “deprecated feature” with the launch of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Come fall 2017, the program will “not be in active development and might be removed in future releases.”


Microsoft offered a clarification on this story on the Microsoft blog:

“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. 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.”

Microsoft Paint is a program that came standard with all Windows operating systems, starting way back in November 1985 with Windows 1.0. The program allows users to paint pictures with their mouse, add text to images and more. Though a very basic program that has since been outclassed for at least a decade, it held a close relationship with young children and diehards alike.

MS Paint offers a place for newcomers to computers to learn and play with software-aided art. It also provides a challenge for established artists to make something beautiful out of a slightly-archaic medium—lists of the best art made with Paint are astonishing to browse through if you have even a basic knowledge of what the program is capable of.

The move makes sense, as a newer and much improved version of Paint came out earlier this year called Paint 3D. This new program allows users to make #d models and have a much finer touch for intricately drawn pieces. Microsoft will most likely focus its efforts to the new program and introduce a whole new generation of young tech-savvy artists to drawing digital faces on their favorite actors and cartoon characters.

Make sure to open up Paint one last time before the fall update arrives and scribble out a badly-drawn toast to the pioneering digital art program.