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Microsoft to kill Paint and Outlook Express with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Microsoft is killing legacy applications like Outlook Express, Reader app and Reading list with the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Microsoft Paint made its debut with the launch of Windows 1.0 in 1985 and is widely considered as the first graphic editor used by a large audience.

The era of Microsoft Paint appears to be coming to an end with the upcoming release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The image-editing application is officially being classified by Microsoft as a “deprecated feature,” as noted by The Guardian. That means that, come this fall, Paint will “not be in active development and might be removed in future releases.”

Microsoft is planning to kill legacy Windows applications, MS Paint and Outlook Express with the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The Redmond-based software giant has published a detailed list of features that will be removed from the upcoming update of Windows 10.

Microsoft Paint made its debut with the launch of Windows 1.0 in 1985 and is widely considered as the first graphic editor used by a large audience. MS Paint remains one of the core features of Windows and is often the first graphic editors learnt by children. Since its debut, Paint has reshaped itself from a 1-bit monochrome licensed software to a quality graphics tool.

The legacy code is now being killed in favour of an upgraded Paint 3D.

Microsoft announced Paint 3D, a new version of Paint that works alongside traditional Paint application with the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Apart from basic 2D image editing, the new Paint 3D also supports 3D image making features and is a deviation from traditional Paint application. While Microsoft doesn't market Paint 3D as the successor to Paint, it will now be seen as the legitimate successor.

Microsoft is also trashing Outlook Express, Reader app and Reading list with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The legacy Paint was never a full blown app and Microsoft somewhat capped its functionalities to bitmap imaging. It also served as a handy tool to scribble text and for quick copy and paste functionality.

Users have been sharing their dismay at the news on social media — although others claimed to be surprised it even still existed.


Others used the hashtag#RIPChildhood.

"Of all the things that might have survived the Trump Era, I figured Microsoft Paint would have definitely been one," Canadian political scientist Paul Fairie said.

But Paint is "a bastion of the past," Carr Nyuli replied: "We need new and better image editors to create new and better memes in this political climate."

However, the "new and better" replacement for Paint, Paint 3D, has not been greeted with universal approval.

"Paint 3D uses a black background, is hard to use, isn't disability friendly, and is NOT a substitute,"

So when will Microsoft Paint be removed?  

Microsoft has not yet confirmed this. The Windows 10 Autumn Creators Update will be released soon, and the date for the same has not yet been announced. But expect this to happen once the new update starts rolling out.

"A whole generation of kids will never know the infuriating joy of trying to make anything on it,"

All things said and done

"Time will tell where the next generation of digital artists gets its start."

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