Mi­crosoft will keep MS Paint as app

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

RED­MOND, Wash. — An out­cry from long­time as­pir­ing dig­i­tal artists con­vinced Mi­crosoft to change plans to dis­con­tinue its MS Paint pro­gram. In­stead, the com­pany said an app ver­sion would be avail­able in the Windows store.

“MS Paint is not go­ing away,” Calli Rose, a Mi­crosoft spokesman, said in an email. “In ad­di­tion to the new 3D ca­pa­bil­i­ties, many of the MS Paint fea­tures peo­ple know and love like photo edit­ing and 2D cre­ation are in Paint 3D — the new app for cre­ativ­ity, avail­able for free with the Windows 10 Cre­ators Up­date. In the fu­ture, we will of­fer MS Paint in the Windows Store also for free and con­tinue to pro­vide new up­dates and ex­pe­ri­ences to Paint 3D so peo­ple have the best cre­ative tools all in one place.”

The re­ver­sal came af­ter word spread Mon­day that Mi­crosoft planned to push Paint out of its soft­ware pic­ture, putting it on a list of “dep­re­cated” fea­tures that would be in­cluded in the com­pany’s Windows 10 Fall Cre­ators Up­date, set to be re­leased this fall. The cat­e­go­riza­tion meant that Paint would be avail­able as part of the soft­ware pack­age come au­tumn, but that it would not longer be sub­ject to ac­tive de­vel­op­ment and could go away.

Mi­crosoft later pub­lished a blog post say­ing the out­cry of fan sup­port led the com­pany to change its mind on Paint.

Paint was in­cluded on the com­pany’s orig­i­nal Windows 1.0 pro­gram back in 1985.

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