Microsoft announced its new software update, the Windows 10 operating system. Called as the Autumn (or Fall in the US) Creators Update, this new version is about to bring in a variety of new features. One of the big news this update is making is the chopping off of Microsoft Paint.
Paint was the first graphics editors that came along with the very first version of the Windows 1.0. Frequently used, the app was one of the core parts of the Windows operating system. MS Paint started its journey as a 1-bit monochrome licensed version of ZSoft’s PC Paintbrush. The application used to save only Bitmap images and PCX format until the year 1998. With time, the application started saving images in JPEG.
The Creators update of the Windows 10 released in the month of April this year introduced the new Paint 3D. This version worked with the traditional MS Paint application. Paint 3D enabled users to design 3D image making tools also with a 2D image creating and editing capabilities. This Paint 3D was not an update to the traditional Paint version and also do not behave like that. Covering a long journey till now, Paint was one of very first software that taught many kids to draw graphics with a mouse.
The news raised many eyebrows when Microsoft announced that Paint is one of the features that they are planning to terminate. Other features that might be removed or deprecated in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update along with paint are said to be Outlook Express, Reading list, and the Reader app. These applications are not in the active development phase and might be removed from the operating system in the future.
The Bottom Line
Despite its simplicity in creating images and graphics on a computer system, the application was one of the integral parts of the operating system right from its birth. The application had experienced improvements and enhancements with every revised operating system. Still, it was poor in features in comparison to the other image creation software and applications such as Paint.NET. The application, until the end, lacked capabilities to carry out complicated image editing
The news of the permanent removal of the MS Paint software is still awaiting confirmation of a precise date. Still, Paint is one of the favorite apps that people were using to create images. The application is one of the longest running features of the operating system and will surely be missed by its users.