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MS Paint is not going away, to be made optional in Windows Store

Talks that Microsoft was planning to kill off its beloved MS Paint application led to a flood of nostalgic lament Monday, but the tech giant has now reassured Windows users that the beloved computer graphics app is here to stay.

Howls of protests and mournings, as well as some fairly dubious fan art, filled social media after Microsoft had released a list of features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

In a blog post written late on Monday, Microsoft clarified that it is not “killing” Microsoft Paint and will rather be bringing the app to the Windows Store as an optional download. As the MS Paint app was mentioned in the deprecated column in the released list, it was earlier assumed that the app will not be in active development and will likely be removed from future releases.

Microsoft said: “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 3D – the new app for creativity, also available for free with the Windows 10 Creators Update, will continue to get new feature updates. In addition to the new 3D capabilities, many of the MS Paint features people know and love like photo editing, line and curve tools, and 2D creation are in Paint 3D.”


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