In what is possibly the most shocking news since the death of Clippy (the Microsoft Word paperclip formally known as Office Assistant), Microsoft could be getting rid of yet another important part of our childhoods – Paint.
The next Windows 10 update (dubbed the Autumn/Fall Creator’s update), promises a whole host of new features that we’re rather excited about. Unfortunately, there is one important part of our Windows’ life that has been put on the chopping block. For those of you who grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s, you’ll remember the days of using Paint on an almost daily basis. And you’ll also remember these incredible creations that would fill hours of our day (Hey, we didn’t have Facebook back then y’know?):
Paint was first introduced back in November 1985, just supporting 1-bit monochrome graphics at the time; it wasn’t until Windows 98 that we could actually save images in JPEG. Yep, that long ago. Last year, Microsoft unveiled Paint 3D which is a waaaay more advanced version of our favorite software, and was added to the original Creators Update in April. If the name doesn’t give it away, the updated version basically means you can create 3-dimensional images. Cool, but still not as cool as creating random shapes and filling them in with colors, let’s be honest.
Microsoft have since announced that Paint has been added to the list of “features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.” Boooo! Other programs on the list include Reader App, Reading List and Outlook Express; none of which we really care about as much as Paint. We’re seriously considering starting a petition to #LeavePaintAlone – after all Microsoft, you can take our Paint but you’ll never take our freedom (to never update Windows again).