An internet revolt saved Microsoft Paint program
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.