Microsoft announces Paint will be available, but through store

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Microsoft might be about to make a ton of people mad with their new PC hardware support policy

04 Августа, 2017

Introduced back in 1985, Paint was never renowned for its extreme technical capabilities, but was a default program familiar to many early computer users, having been featured on every update for over three decades.

Paint was included in a list of features Microsoft plans to abandon in the upcoming Fall Creators Update to Windows 10, due out in September of this year.

Fans of the iconic app were outraged and took to social media to voice their anguish.

The company has revealed that the graphics editing app is no longer "in active development", and may be removed from Windows altogether. "If there's anything we learned, it's that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans", Megan Saunders, Microsoft's general manager of the 3D for Everyone initiative, wrote in a blog post Monday. "It's been amazing to see so much love for our trusty old app". The download will be free.

But that means some office workers might have to go through their system administrators gain access to the app.

Paint would be the biggest casualty by far, though it might yet survive, as Microsoft says "the list is subject to change and may not include every deprecated feature or functionality".

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