Microsoft says Paint is ‘here to stay’ after outpouring of support

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Microsoft have confirmed that Paint isn’t “going anywhere” after rumours that it was to be scrapped at the next update of Windows 10.

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 announced in a blog post.

“Amidst today’s commentary around MS Paint we wanted to take this opportunity to set the record straight, clear up some confusion and share some good news: 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.”

Paint has been installed on every version of Windows since 1985 and allows users to copy and paste, crop and colour images, or simply doodle and create drawings with Microsoft claiming that it is still used by around 100 million people worldwide.

It appears that the decision may in fact have been a U-turn as Microsoft looked set to drop support for the programme at the next Windows 10 Creator Update with the company favouring tools that make it easier to switch between different devices.

However, the original Paint has been sidelined somewaht following the release of its next generation Paint 3D back in April, which although inspired by the original, is not an update but rather a standalone product.

Paint may not compete with the modern tools that are available but its simplicity still appeals. The updated Paint 3D can be used with Microsoft’s Surface Pen, therefore allowing users to draw more accurate and detailed pictures – far better than those available on the classic Paint version.

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