Microsoft is set to expunge Paint from Windows 10 in its forthcoming Fall Creators Update - when it finally appears.
Paint (or Paintbrush, as it was originally named) has been a part of Windows since Windows 1.0, but a new document has revealed that the Autumn Creators Update could see the familiar canvas replaced formally by Paint 3D, which made an inauspicious debut in the last Creators Update.
It's not alone in being deleted from Windows 10. Other notable programs and features that are due for removal or have been declared as depreciated include 3D Builder (replaced by Paint 3D), Outlook Express, Reader (merged into Edge), Reading List (also mereged into Edge) and IIS 6.0.
There are plenty more other apps and features that Microsoft also plans to remove when it updates Windows, all outlined here.
But it's Paint that will probably be missed the most. Apart from anything else, we only worked out how to do a transparent cut out last week, so we're gutted.
Although it was clunky compared to modern art packages, many people were able to make careers out of MS Paint. But for Jim, of Jim'll Paint It fame, there's nothing to fear. He told us:
Paint hasn't been all that since they messed about with it anyway. I'm running XP on a virtual machine because it's the best one.— Jim'll Paint It (@Jimllpaintit) July 24, 2017
Don't fear too much though. As yet there's no clear date for the Fall Creators Update and, for many, the Spring Creators Update still hasn't rolled out, with ongoing issues surrounding drivers preventing installation for many users.
And we can almost guarantee that although Paint is no longer being developed, even if it is removed from Windows by default, it will be available to download as freeware within about ten minutes.
Or, at least, let's hope so.
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