An era is coming to an end as Microsoft Paint is finally being discontinued after 32 years with the release of the next major Windows 10 update. The update, titled Windows 10 Fall Creators update will not only cease development the popular graphics program, but some behind the scenes apps you may never have heard of will be going the way of Clippy.
While development is being ceased, MS Paint will still be on most Windows 10 computers following the fall update. However, it is likely to disappear totally by the next update, according to The Verge.
For 32 years, MS Paint was a Windows mainstay. Ut started in November 1985 with Windows 1.0 in a 1-bit monochrome version. As time went by, Microsoft continued to update and upgrade the graphics program to a point. While it was not Photoshop, it was barely more than that original 1-bit original program. However, people seemed to love the program, or at least learned to love it and its limited graphics power and lack of features. And now it appear to be at its end and will likely disappear from Windows altogether soon.
The move is not a big surprise. Microsoft is likely looking at Paint 3d more and getting users to migrate to it. Paint 3D is an overhauled version of Microsoft Paint that came out earlier in 2017.
While Paint was never the best image editing software, nothing like a PhotoShop or Paint Shop Pro, it had its own cult following. Will Paint 3D be as good and as easy to use, well, as limited and as frustrating as MS Paint is yet to be seen, but unless Microsoft totally pulls the original version in the next update or so, users will likely keep using it until they just can no longer launch the program.
At 32 years, Microsoft Paint has been available to most computer users for basic graphics, stick figure drawings, really bad refrigerator art. There was just something about the mouse and the input in Paint that never fully connected right, and even drawing a straight line could be a challenge. And as bad as the program was, users kept going back to it.
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By Cletus Dillwood
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