An in­ter­net re­volt saved Mi­crosoft Paint pro­gram

The Denver Post - - FEATURES - ByAlex Schif­fer

Mi­crosoft Paint isn’t go­ing any­where af­ter all.

Af­ter an out­cry of long­time as­pir­ing dig­i­tal artists, Mi­crosoft had a change of, um, art, and said it would not dis­con­tinue the clas­sic pro­gram. In­stead, the com­pany said an app ver­sion would be avail­able in the Win­dows store.

“MS Paint is not go­ing away,” Calli Rose, Mi­crosoft spokesper­son, said in an email.

The re­ver­sal came af­ter word spread July 24 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.

EThe la­bel led to nu­mer­ous tweets from long­time users who took to the pro­gram to paint how they were feel­ing. The hash­tag “RIPMSPaint” also was trend­ing through­out the day.

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

Paint launched on the com­pany’s orig­i­nal Win­dows 1.0 pro­gram in 1985.

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