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Microsoft Paint isn’t going anywhere, will remain part of Windows 10

You’ll have to pry Paint out of my cold, dead hands.

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Microsoft Paint is very close to all of our hearts, dating as far as back to the first version of Windows, Windows 1.0.

Back in 2017, Microsoft gave us the heartbreaking news that they were planning on removing the Paint app from Windows 10. Microsoft marked MSPaint.exe as “deprecated” in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. This meant that Paint was no longer in active development and that it might just be removed in future releases.

Microsoft stated that Paint, once removed from Windows, would be available in the Windows Store, however, it seems that Microsoft has backtracked on this.

We are pleased to inform you that Paint will not be going anywhere

In a turn of events, Microsoft has decided not to remove the app as a native Windows 10 application. Users were getting a warning for months that Paint would be removed, but the warning suddenly disappeared in the latest May 2019 Update (1903). Senior Program Manager of the Windows Insider Program, tweeted out stating, “Yes, MSPaint will be included in 1903. It’ll remain included in Windows 10 for now.” So, Paint will not be going anywhere any time soon. 

Most of you must be wondering why Microsoft would make such a move, this step was taken because most of Paint’s functions had been added into the more advanced Paint 3D application. The legacy lives on.

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Murtaza is a Computer Science student who takes immense interest in mobile technology. He believes the future of computing lies in smartphones because ARM architecture will eventually take over. He also loves to tinker with ROMs and kernels keeping up with the latest in smartphones.

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