Microsoft has announced it is killing off its iconic drawing program Paint after more than 30 years.
The tool has been a stalwart on Windows powers computers since it was first released in 1985.
However, Microsoft said Monday that it will no longer feature in future updates of its Windows 10 operating system.
In a statement on its website, Microsoft said that Paint is on a list of “deprecated” programs which the company is dropping ahead of the roll out of its next major update to Windows 10, which is called the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and is expected to be released in September.
“The following features and functionalities in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update are either removed from the product in the current release (‘Removed’) or are not in active development and might be removed in future releases (‘Deprecated’),” Microsoft said.
“The list is subject to change and may not include every deprecated feature or functionality.”
Other programs included in the list are the Outlook Express email client and the 3D builder app.
While MS Paint was never the most capable of editing tools, it offered all the basic functions to be able to resize or crop images and its simplicity it arguably what made it so popular.
Now Microsoft says part of the reason to drop Paint is its switch in focus to 3D.
Paint 3D, a more modern version of the original, was launched earlier this year and enables users to create 3D images and designs. It also offer better integration and functionality when used with Microsoft’s Surface range of laptops and tablets and is seen as the long term replace for Paint.
Despite its limited capabilities, people have still been able to create impressive images using Paint, as the video below shows.
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