Microsoft Paint, the decades-old basic image editor of the Windows operating system won't go anywhere, anytime soon it appears.
Microsoft listed Microsoft Paint, abbreviated as MS Paint, as deprecated in the Fall Creators Update. Deprecated means that Microsoft would not assign any more development resources to Microsoft Paint but that it would still remain a part of the operating system for the foreseeable future.
Deprecated features are removed eventually, however. Microsoft created Paint 3D, a modern interpretation of Microsoft Paint for Windows 10 and included it in the operating system. The company's idea was that users should migrate from Microsoft Paint to Paint 3D, as it was in active development.
We compared classic Paint to Paint 3D back in 2016 and concluded that Paint 3D was not a 1:1 replacement for Paint. Especially users who loved the speed of the classic Paint would not feel at home in Paint 3D. Paint 3D did offer some features that classic Paint does not, though.
Some developers created remakes of Microsoft Paint, like the web-based JSPaint which runs in any modern web browser.
Microsoft planned to release MS Paint as a windows Store application so that users could download and install it once it was no longer included in Windows 10 natively.
A recent tweet by Brandon LeBlanc, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, suggests that Microsoft Paint is not going anywhere, at least not for now.
Microsoft did display a deprecation warning in Microsoft Paint when users opened it. The company removed the notification recently, and that resulted in a series of messages on Twitter.
LeBlanc stated that Microsoft Paint would still be included in the upcoming feature update version of Windows 10 -- Windows 10 version 1903, also called the May 2019 Update, and that it would remain a part of Windows 10 for the time being.
Yes, MSPaint will be included in 1903. It'll remain included in Windows 10 for now.
While that does not mean that Microsoft Paint will never be removed from Windows 10, it appears that the program is safe for now.
Whether that means that Microsoft could have a change of heart and put the focus on classic Paint instead of Paint 3D, or work on both programs side by side, remains to be seen.
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