Microsoft has just sent out an official statement explaining that the MS Paint will not be discontinued right away. However, the legendary application would not come pre-installed with Windows 10 operating system and instead exist as a standalone app in the Windows Store.
Microsoft Paint aka MS Paint is there since November 1985 with the very first Windows version – Windows 1.0. From then, it has been an integral part of Microsoft’s operating systems. The 32-year-old app is arguably one of the simplest yet powerful artistic software available till date.
Soon, MS Paint will be replaced by the new Paint 3D application which is going to be integrated with the future version of Windows OS. Microsoft introduced the latter alongside Windows Creators Update earlier this year.
Paint 3D comes with most of the goodies of MS Paint and a powerful 3D content creation mechanism.
In the latest clarification, Microsoft said, “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.”
The company further claimed that it had never decided to scrap MS Paint. It mentioned ‘to keep the record straight’ and stated, “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 the coming days, you need to manually download the MS Paint app from the Windows Store in order to use it. While this won’t be much of an issue for home users, there are many companies which don’t give access to Windows Store on their office computers.