The End of Microsoft Paint?

How pain(t)ful


By Cheryl Tan

Microsoft has just released a list of features and functionalities that are set to be removed from Windows 10 in the Fall Creators Update, most of which are under-utilised and aren’t functioning. One such application is Microsoft Paint. According to Microsoft’s official update notesMicrosoft Paint is tagged as “deprecated,” meaning it is “not in active development and might be removed in future releases.”

The application has been a part of Windows’ operating systems for 32 years, having originally launched with the Windows 1.0 program and if you are or have been a Windows user, you most likely would have used Paint at one point or another to create a quick drawing, make a meme or edit a photo.

Last October, Microsoft announced and released an updated version of the program called Paint 3D, which incorporated many of the features of Paint into a hybrid 2D-3D editing program. This might explain why the 32 -year-old application is under fire.