RIP: Windows Paint

If you are like me, and work in an office, you would sometimes have to take screenshots because IT isn’t able to comprehend what isn’t working. Because you are not on your system, you need to take a screenshot and crop the picture, in which case you will open Windows Paint to crop, save and then send the email to IT. Unfortunately, that may not be an option coming this fall.

With Microsoft’s next Windows 10 Update, Paint will be moved to the deprecation listing. That means that the program is no longer being actively developed and could be removed with a later update. Now, before you hold a candle and damn Microsoft, the program itself hasn’t been updated since Windows 7 but before that it wasn’t touched since Windows 3.1.

The Guardian does note that it will most likely be a part of your system but it can be removed at any time. In April, Microsoft released the new Paint 3D, which is installed alongside the basic Paint and has some 3D image making tools as well as some basic 2D image editing. Meaning that it seems that Microsoft knows what we use Paint mainly for and will strip it to that basic function.

While the deactivation of the program does not come as a complete surprise, it does kind of mark an end of an era. Of course, I am being a bit oversentimental about this but it has been around since I started owning a personal PC. granted, I can’t remember the last time I used it, but I was calm in the fact that it was there. Guess we will have to listen to people using the new version of it and complain about it the entire time.

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