Amateur Graphic Designers Freak Out On News That MS Paint Is Going Away

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(But they’re overreacting because it will still be available in the Microsoft Store.)

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Microsoft Paint, the janky yet lovable app that enabled amateur artists to draw, sketch and edit simple PC illustrations for more than 30 years, is going away this fall.

Well, sort of. Microsoft says that MS Paint will not be an active program in the upcoming Windows 10 release, but it will still be available for free in the Windows Store. The original news was somewhat buried within a lengthy description on a Microsoft support page.

MS Paint has been a staple since the first version of windows launched in 1985. While few millennials still use the tool, people are taking to Twitter to describe how it feels to have a piece of their childhood fade into obscurity.

But not to worry, says a Microsoft spokesperson. Following public outcry and nostalgic tributes like the ones shared above, Microsoft took to its blog to clear the air, explaining that MS Paint was simply headed into a retirement home:

“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. 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.”

Who knows, maybe people will actually start using it again?

Cover photo via NBC

Katie Perry

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Katie Perry is a marketing & content strategist and contributor to SMW News, a leading news platform covering startups, tech, brands and the future of work. You can follow Katie on Twitter at @katieeperry.

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