Microsoft Is Planning to Shutdown Remix3D

Back when Microsoft announced the Creators Update for Windows 10, the company devoted a significant amount of stage time to Paint 3D and Remix 3D. Today, it has been uncovered that the company is planning to shutdown Remix 3D but the future of Paint 3D remains unknown.

Uncovered by WalkingCat and verified by Rudy Hyun, Microsoft will soon start showing a banner on that warns of its demise. According to the information uncovered, starting on January 10, 2020, all user content on the site will be deleted and if you want to save any of your content, you need to download it now.

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This isn’t all that big of a surprise as Paint 3D has never had a widespread following and after Microsoft reversed course to keep including Paint with Windows 10, it became clear that Paint 3D isn’t widely used.

And if Paint 3D isn’t being heavily used, then Remix 3D, the online community Microsoft hoped to establish around 3D assets, never stood a chance of surviving. For now, Paint 3D has not been removed from Windows 10 but if the company does decide to pull it from a future release, I wouldn’t be surprised.

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  • bart

    Premium Member
    10 July, 2019 - 8:27 am

    <p>The whole '3D business' is as successful as 3D TV's</p>

    • furdturgeson

      Premium Member
      10 July, 2019 - 6:22 pm

      <blockquote><em>If only Steve Jobs had given use 3D… what might have been. <a href="#440859">In reply to Bart:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p>

  • Tony Barrett

    10 July, 2019 - 9:06 am

    <p>Next on the cards will be WMR, because that's dying a slow, painful death too.</p>

    • Rob_Wade

      10 July, 2019 - 9:41 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#440882">In reply to ghostrider:</a></em></blockquote><p>I use my WMR headset many hours daily.</p>

      • Tony Barrett

        10 July, 2019 - 10:27 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#440898">In reply to Rob_Wade:</a></em></blockquote><p>Do you really? For what I can't imagine. WMR is dying, no question. Partners aren't releasing headsets anymore, and what are available are being sold off cheap. MS don't seem to be putting much effort into it either anymore. Enjoy it while it lasts – I give it 12 months tops. WMR never got even close to Microsoft's ambitions, and has been left to wither.</p>

        • darkgrayknight

          Premium Member
          10 July, 2019 - 12:39 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#440926">In reply to ghostrider:</a></em></blockquote><p>HoloLens will probably have WMR remain in the mix for quite some time. </p>

          • PeteB

            10 July, 2019 - 11:43 pm

            <blockquote><em><a href="#440987">In reply to darkgrayknight:</a></em></blockquote><p>Lol @ hololens</p>

        • JosephDickerson

          11 July, 2019 - 5:58 pm

          <blockquote><a href="#440926"><em>In reply to ghostrider:</em></a></blockquote><p><br></p><p>Yup. Have some knowledge from the inside (which I will not reveal) that makes me agree with you. But perhaps I've said too much.</p>

    • ndragonawa

      10 July, 2019 - 11:40 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#440882">In reply to ghostrider:</a></em></blockquote><p>As a consumer platform, I can see that. </p><p>As an enterprise platform, not so much. </p>

  • Atoqir

    10 July, 2019 - 10:02 am

    <p>MS is basically shutting down almost every 'extra' they made in UWP for Windows 10.</p><p><br></p><p>Can't blame them if it doesn't have many users.</p>

    • dontbe evil

      10 July, 2019 - 2:33 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#440899">In reply to Atoqir:</a></em></blockquote><p>this has nothing to do with UWP</p>

      • glenn8878

        10 July, 2019 - 2:36 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#441011">In reply to dontbe_evil:</a></em></blockquote><p>Soon UWP will have nothing to do.</p>

    • PeteB

      10 July, 2019 - 11:42 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#440899"><em>In reply to Atoqir:</em></a><em> </em>Can't blame them if it doesn't have many users.</blockquote><p>Doesn't have any users because MS has been consistently crapping on their customers for the entirety of Win10. And they put no effort into their firstparty apps. Who ELSE are you going to blame?</p>

  • beatnixxx

    10 July, 2019 - 11:20 am

    <p>This was one of those things that even as it was announced I could see that they'd be cancelling it. With so many of these things, even if it's a concept I might be interested in, given the track record MS has of throwing sh*t at the wall and then cancelling whatever doesn't immediately stick (which is most of it), I don't spend my time or resources on it. If I'm interested I'm better off finding a 3rd party/independent version of that thing that is trying to build something/stick around.</p><p><br></p><p>I treat new announcements from MS like I treat new shows these days, I wait awhile to make sure it's not going to get cancelled just as I have dedicated time and attention to it. Fool me once…</p>

  • remc86007

    10 July, 2019 - 11:41 am

    <p>This was something that I think could have gotten traction if they marketed it correctly to schools and they weren't quickly losing ground to Chromebooks.</p>

  • glenn8878

    10 July, 2019 - 11:41 am

    <p>Microsoft made of mess out of the Modern interface that was much applied to all UWP apps. Less useful and harder to use.</p>

    • dontbe evil

      10 July, 2019 - 2:32 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#440974">In reply to glenn8878:</a></em></blockquote><p>you didn't use UWP, or you dind't use good ones</p>

      • glenn8878

        10 July, 2019 - 2:35 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#441010">In reply to dontbe_evil:</a></em></blockquote><p>If Microsoft can't program "good ones", then no one can. It's even worse if Microsoft didn't use UWP. LOL!!!</p>

      • PeteB

        10 July, 2019 - 11:40 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#441010"><em>In reply to dontbe_evil:</em></a><em> </em>you didn't use UWP, or you dind't use good ones</blockquote><p>You're delusional. There were never any "good ones". Just stripped down, poorly designed, featureless and buggy touch oriented "apps" that have no place on the desktop. And never will. Good riddance.</p>

  • gregsedwards

    Premium Member
    10 July, 2019 - 2:35 pm

    <p>I think part of the problem with 3D content creation is that it's so fundamentally different from building simple 2D graphics. You really can't dumb it down for novice users and expect them to create anything except the most basic cookie cutter shapes. You really need an advanced tool like Maya to build quality models like those showcased by Microsoft on the site. That said, Paint 3D is a great modern app. I hope they keep it around for those of us actually enjoy using it.</p>

  • eric_rasmussen

    Premium Member
    10 July, 2019 - 2:52 pm

    <p>This is something my kids love. They have a 3D printer at school and they design and build things. They also have a program that allows you to see the finished product in VR, which they love. They've learned a ton, and my daughter uses Paint3D to texture models we use in Unity.</p><p><br></p><p>It worked well, it was simple enough for kids to pick up, and now they're cancelling it. I guess with the death of UWP, so goes all of the bundled apps in Windows 10.</p>

  • IanYates82

    Premium Member
    10 July, 2019 - 6:12 pm

    <p>Shame. </p><p>I just got my daughters set up with their first PCs</p><p>Refurbished HP all in ones, big touchscreen, etc. </p><p><br></p><p>I came home from work today and she said she was being asked to make an account in her painting app and waited for me (education! Yay) </p><p>Turns out she had found Paint 3d and was wanting more objects to put in her scenes. That needs you to make a username which auto links to your Microsoft account. </p><p><br></p><p>First time I've seen the Microsoft ad play out in real life. She thought it was great!</p><p><br></p><p>Me of a couple of weeks ago wouldn't have thought much of this. </p><p>Me now…. Ugh. Disappointed to see something that got a kid curious and excited torn down. </p>

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