Published: Thursday 27 July, 2017

Microsoft Saves MS Paint from Death After ‘Outpouring of Support’ by Users

MS Paint is here to stay. This is what Microsoft clarified following earlier reports that Paint would be killed off and replaced with Paint 3D. It seems that Microsoft heard the thousands of  disappointed voices of Paint users.

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MS Paint will NOT be killed off after all. (Windows.com photo)

It was earlier reported that MS Paint would be removed from a forthcoming Windows 10 update. But its users, most of whom enjoy Paint’s simple and user-friendly interface, took to social media platforms to voice their disappointment and opposition to the move.

Now, it seems public support for the 32-year old software has changed Microsoft’s mind. Instead of being killed off, MS Paint will stay but as an app that can be downloaded FREE from the Microsoft store. Thus, Paint users will be able to continue using it.

In a statement, Microsoft acknowledged that the ‘outpouring of support’ was the reason they left Paint off the hook.

‘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,’ it said.

‘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.’

The clamor for Paint’s retention is understandable. Millions use it for easy projects like simple photo editing, doodling or cut-and-paste tasks that may be too complicated to do with Photoshop.

In the same statement, Microsoft said Paint’s replacement, Paint 3D, will continue to get additional features that users will also find useful.

‘Paint 3D – the new app for creativity, also available for free with the Windows 10 Creators Update, will continue to get new feature updates,’ Microsoft said.

‘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.’

‘So, thanks for all the MS Paint love, keep the feedback coming via the Paint 3D app, and keep creating!’