Microsoft Paint – staying or going?

Microsoft Paint – staying or going?

It was broadcast last week that Microsoft was going to remove or no longer develop Paint. It released a list of Software it intends to deprecate (meaning they are not going to develop the software anymore) this typically happens shortly before an app reaches the end of its life. However a public outcry from many of MS Paint’s fans led to Microsoft clarifying their stance slightly.

Megan Saunders the general manager of the 3D for everyone initiative , Windows Experiences said in a blog post “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.”  As such Microsoft is planning to offer Paint 3D as MS Paint’s successor as an app which will be part of the Windows 10 package but would not necessarily be available by default. Essentially if you want Paint 3D you have to go to the store and download it (for free).

Paint was actually in the very first version of Windows 1.0 in 1985. It was a 1-bit monochrome version of ZSoft’s paintbrush. Whilst there are arguably many more feature rich (and free) alternatives to Paint many users still use it, even if it’s just for quick or minor tasks. I used it last week to cut an image out of a screenshot (the snipping tool decided it didn’t want to work). Paint is a very nostalgic tool as it was one of the first graphics editing programs available, it also followed Microsoft Office’s trademark UI of being easy to use meaning almost anyone could use it to draw. As such Paint has a lot of fans around the world, some of them doing amazing things with the old application.

Outlook Express, the Reader app and Reader list was also on the list along with Paint but there wasn’t a public outcry about these so they won’t be reprieved. These have basically been replaced by much better apps.