However, Microsoft tweeted a few hours back that MS Paint will remain after all.
Paint was Microsoft's original Windows 1.0 program when the company launched in 1985 and had been a staple in its systems for years. Microsoft says it also has plans to bring MS Paint to the Windows Store in the near future. In a swift response, Microsoft said the app would be available for free in the Windows app store.
Last week, the tech firm placed Paint on a list of "deprecated" applications, meaning it was no longer "in active development and might be removed" from future versions of its flagship Windows 10 operating system.More news: JNU VC Jagdish Kumar wants Army tank on campus to inspire students
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According to Saunders, MS Paint isn't being completely removed from Windows 10. "It has been fantastic to see so much love for our trusty old app", it said. It has been installed with every version of Windows since.
The program was flagged to be removed or deprecated in the latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to make room for its successor, Paint 3D. As the title would suggest, it has a renewed focus on creativity tools, with Paint 3D, Mixed Reality and a new "Fluent Design" being introduced in an effort to entice content creators away from their traditional Mac-shaped homes. This means that users can directly download the MS Paint application from the app store. The 32-year-old app is arguably one of the simplest yet powerful artistic software available till date.
The next generation Paint 3D is designed for 3D image-making and is expected to be released in April next year. The company was not the first to add new features to Paint when compared to the competition and the additions came gradually.