Earlier this week, Microsoft posted a support article that indicated that MSPaint.exe was going to be “depreciated” with the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Generally speaking, when the word “depreciated” is thrown about in the tech world, it means that the product is going away and will no longer be supported. In this case, it was thought to have meant that Paint will “not be in active development and might be removed in future releases.” Same same… Or is it?
Yesterday, Microsoft published another article that takes a few steps away from the death of the popular drawing program. In fact, it says just the opposite: Paint isn’t going away, you just need to get it from the Windows Store. Megan Saunders, the General Manager of the 3D for Everyone Initiative at Microsoft had this to say:
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. It’s been amazing to see so much love for our trusty old app. Amidst today’s commentary around MS Paint we wanted to take this opportunity to set the record straight, clear up some confusion and share some good news: 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.
So, in short, all of those articles detailing how Microsoft was killing Paint after 30-plus years were totally unnecessary. You will still be able to do epic drawings in Paint instead of paying attention at school or work.