Microsoft is getting ready to kill off MS Paint

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Paint is the built-in image editor that’s been a part of windows for 32 years. Along with Solitaire and pinball, it’s been a stalwart part of the Windows experience. Its time is ending, unfortunately. As part of the next iteration of the Windows 10 creator’s update, Microsoft is finally halting development on Paint.

Paint has been added to the list of deprecated software in Windows 10.

“This list is intended to help customers consider these removals and deprecations for their own planning. The list is subject to change and may not include every deprecated feature or functionality,” Microsoft says.

Paint has been part of Windows since 1985, where it began life as a licenced version of ZSoft’s PC Paintbrush. Never the most capable of image editors, paint has been used primarily to add text to images, or for quick saving of screenshots. Some people, like Pat Hines, have elevated using Paint to an artform.

In the last update, Microsoft launched its replacement in Paint 3D, which includes both 2D and 3D image manipulation, though it’s finicky and less user-friendly. Paint itself won’t be going anywhere just yet though, so if you do use it for a bit of very, very light image manipulation, you’ll still be able to, – it’ll just no longer be in active development. If you’re looking for a decent replacement, Paint.Net is infinitely superior.

There are a few apps that are being actively removed in the impending “Fall” update though, including the likes of Outlook Express, the 3D Builder app and Reader.

Last Updated: July 24, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • For the Emperor!

    “of” or “off”? I use MSPaint a lot – hopefully they replace it with something useful!

    • miaau

      and snipping tool. That is awesome as well

  • kieker
  • VampyreSquirrel

    RIP Powershell 2.0 xD

  • Magoo

    Pat Hines is a hero.

  • miaau

    I still use paint. Nothing like taking a screenshot and drawing a few arrows or circles or whatever to highlight something.

    My wife used to paint pretty impressive pictures using Paint as well, but I think now she would not notice.

    I use paint as a business tool, it is small, quick to use, has the bare bones functionality needed for certain tasks, without clutter and complexity that requires a steep(er) learning curve.