MS Paint Is Not Dead – Microsoft Issues Clarification. Here Is How You Can Get It!
The rumour mills are running saying that MS Paint is dead - That is not the case. Microsoft has issued clarification, that it will be available and here is how you can get the very beloved MS Paint.
Since last 24 hours, a strange sadness engulfed the whole of Internet when rumors spread that the iconic Windows computer graphic app MS Paint will be shut down.
Thousands of memes and tributes popped up overnight, lamenting the death of 32 year old MS Paint. Even Microsoft couldn’t imagine the extent of grief and disappointment over the retirement of MS Paint, from their OS.
But, relax. MS Paint is not going anywhere. Microsoft has issued a clarification, regarding MS Paint’s availability and access henceforth.
On a psychological level, this incident proves one thing: We understand the value of something, when it is not present.
Death Of MS Paint: How The Rumors Spread
In a document titled “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update”, Microsoft published the list of features and functionalities, which will be not present in the future version of Windows 10.
Among this list, was the mention of our beloved MS Paint, under this description: “not in active development and might be removed in future releases”.
People who learnt computers with MS Paint, and still actively used this graphics app were flabbergasted. Entire social media – right from Facebook to Twitter, Reddit to StumbleUpon was shaken and stirred with this news.
Waves of nostalgia crept over the users, as the mourning of MS Paint started with full swing. Even some petitions were created, to stop Microsoft from removing MS Paint.
Such was the heat generated, that Microsoft had to come out, and issue a clarification later in the day. Besides, this Windows 10 Fall Creators Update page was also updated with the new information: MS Paint is not dead, yet.
Microsoft’s Clarification: MS Paint Is Alive & Kicking
Later in the day, Microsoft published a blog, wherein they said that MS Paint would be now available within Windows Store, and would freely available, just like before.
Their blog post said, “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..”
Besides, the blog also expressed how overwhelmed Microsoft is, with such downpour of love and affection for a 32 year old app.
They said, “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..”
Microsoft also subtly introduced their new, enhanced version of MS Paint, called Paint 3D, which has functionalities such as ‘photo editing, line and curve tools, and 2D creation..’. Paint 3D is also available via Windows App.
It seems that MS Paint won’t be available by default in the Windows 10 OS, but will be required to download via Windows Store.
Some programmers are stating that MS Paint would be still available by default, and can be accessed directly from the RUN Command, also called command prompt (CTRL-R), and typing MS Paint.
The next update of Windows 10 will reveal the actual access of MS Paint.
Till that time, relax. Because our MS Paint is still there, ready to invite us to play with colors, lines and emotions.
Long live MS Paint!