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Microsoft Paint saved from chopping block after outpouring of support

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Shortly after reports that Microsoft’s basic graphics program, Paint, was to be phased out, an expression of support for the program on social media has prompted Microsoft to confirm that it will continue to be offered free of charge.

Paint has been a famous component of the Windows operating system since it was first launched in monochrome in 1985. Formerly named Paintbrush, it became renowned for its simplicity, and affectionately mocked for its limitations compared with other graphics programs; users could not save projects in JPEG format until Windows 98.

Paint had been included in a list (“features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update”) of features no longer in active development, and potentially due for the chopping block. Other features on the list include Outlook Express, which has been succeeded by Mail, and the Reading List, which will be moved into Edge.

In a more recent blog post, however, Microsoft suggested that Paint would continue to be available free on the Window Store, although it may not remain a default part of Windows 10.

“Today, 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,” a Microsoft blog post said.

“It’s been amazing to see so much love for our trusty old 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.”

Paint 3D will replace Paint as a build-in part of the Windows 10 Creators Update (the Autumn (UK) or Fall (US) update). This update will introduce other new features such as improved Cortana functionality.

Paint 3D shares a few similarities with Paint. It has 3D capabilities and provides pre-made 3D models and objects that can be personalised, but also allows 2D photo editing, line and curve tools. Users are invited to join an online community, remix 3D, in order to share models within the Paint 3D program.

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