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Early this week Microsoft announced the end of Microsoft Paint with the Autumn Creators update.

Microsoft Paint

Microsoft Paint has been a part of windows since 1985 and the release of Windows 1.0. Since then Paint has been a main stay for many users. This has seemingly been brought to an end with the new release in April of Paint 3D. In the April release, Paint 3D was installed alongside its 2D counterpart, Paint. This however is not an update to Paint and it acts differently.

The decline of paint was confirmed when Microsoft added Paint to the “features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update” list. Paint was added to the deprecated column meaning that its “not in active development and might be removed in future releases”.

Is it all over?

There was a major outpouring of support and nostalgia at the release of this news and Microsoft released a blog to explain that in fact this wasn’t the end for Paint.

Microsoft Paint is here to stay, however it will no longer will installed as default. Microsoft Paint’s new home will now be the Microsoft Store where it can be downloaded free of charge. Users greeted this news greatly by many of the 100 million users who Paint each month.

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