Microsoft announced plans some time ago to move some of Windows 10's applications to the Microsoft Store. It moved the popular plain text editing app Notepad to the Microsoft Store in 2019, and announced in 2017 that Microsoft Paint would be moved to the Store as well.
It took Microsoft four years since the initial announcement to move Microsoft Paint to the Microsoft Store.
With the release of a new Insider Build, version 21354, comes the confirmation that Microsoft has moved Microsoft Paint and the Snipping Tool to the Microsoft Store.
MSPaint is now updateable via the Microsoft Store outside major OS updates. It also has a new icon and has been promoted out of the Windows Accessories folder to its own place in the Start menu.
Snipping Tool is now updateable via the Microsoft Store outside major OS updates. It has been packaged together with Snip & Sketch so we can deliver updates for both at the same time. It has also been promoted out of the Windows Accessories folder to its own place in the Start menu.
Both applications can be updated separately in the future and pushed to user systems without having to wait for operating system updates to release the updates.
Both applications are no longer listed under Windows Accessories but as individual apps in the Start Menu.
In the case of the Snipping Tool, things are a bit more complicated, as Microsoft decided to combine Snip & Sketch and the Snipping Tool. Snip & Sketch is an upgraded version of the Snipping Tool; both apps may be installed on the Windows device, or only one of the apps.
For Insiders who have not installed Snip & Sketch, Snipping Tool will be removed after the installation of the latest build. Users need to install Snip & Sketch from the Store to get it back according to Microsoft.
Here are the links to the Microsoft Store:
Administrators who have uninstalled the applications may reinstall them through the Store. Paint is currently not available for download while Snip & Sketch can be downloaded already.
Paint won the fight against the newer Paint 3D application. New Windows 10 installations won't include Paint 3D anymore going forward.
Windows 10 users who don't use the Store won't receive the application updates as these are driven by the Store in the future. Feature updates may still update these applications when they are installed.
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