After 32 Years, Microsoft Paint Might Be Killed Off For Good


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Microsoft Paint, the first app you used to create "art" with paint buckets and pencil might be facing the axe from its creator

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Microsoft announced last week that it will stop actively developing Paint starting with a fall update to Windows 10, its flagship operating system.

As a result, Paint could be removed altogether in future updates.

However, Microsoft played down the news in a statement, noting that Paint will continue to be available for free download

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"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.

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," the company said in a statement.

The company also took the chance to remind people that Paint 3D can do most of what the original application can

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Microsoft last October revealed Paint 3D, a revamped spinoff that allows users to create 3D images. Paint 3D will come with the current and future versions of Windows.

Still, the news was met with real and exaggerated dismay as people mourned the loss of the app. The word “Paint” even began trending worldwide on Twitter.

Paint has gained a strong following after it was released in 1985

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The easy-to-use tool lets users crop and resize images, as well as create simple drawings and doodles.

For those of us who grew up using it, the app was a way to make silly drawings. But for professional designers, Paint was often the first tool they used to do the work that eventually became their passion and career.

Don't let Paint's simple mechanics fool you, dozens of artists have used the app to craft amazingly detailed works of art

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