Microsoft has announced veteran graphics program Paint will be retired after 32 years as a default part of Windows and the company is marking MSPaint.exe as “deprecated”.
However, on Monday the company said Paint wasn't "going anywhere". "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," says Microsoft in the blog.
Microsoft is sidelining Paint following the release of its next generation Paint 3D in April. “In addition to the new 3D capabilities, many of the MS Paint features people know and love like photo editing, line and curve tools, and 2D creation are in Paint 3D,” the blog reads.
"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," the company clarifies. Other features that could be removed with the Windows 10 update include Outlook Express, the Microsoft Reader app and Reading List, a bookmarking service. (Microsoft says the latter two will be integrated with its Microsoft Edge browser).