Yesterday, the Internet lost its mind after it was ‘uncovered’ that Microsoft would be removing Paint from the next update to Windows 10. Of course, for those who know the difference between the words deprecated and removed, you were already aware that Paint wasn’t going away or if you watched First Ring Daily yesterday, Paul and I both reiterated that Paint was not being removed too.
Microsoft, to clear up the confusion around the words ‘deprecated’ and ‘removed’, has officially said that Paint is not going away and in fact, will be arriving in the Windows Store in the near future.
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In a blog post that the company clearly states “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.”
There really isn’t much else to say other than one journalist misinterpreted a technical Microsoft document and then dozens of sites parroted the statement without actually doing their research. For now, know that Paint isn’t going away and the 32-year-old application is here to stay.
<blockquote><a href="#152478"><em>In reply to lwetzel:</em></a></blockquote><p>Generally the term "depreciated" as it applies to software is a developer's term that refers to a function or capability within an API that is no longer recommended to be used and may be removed later. It's a term that doesn't really make sense in the context of a whole product. If MS is moving Paint to the Windows Store, the term is even less applicable.</p>
<p>Seems reasonable to assume the worst, given Movie Maker.</p>
<blockquote><a href="#152470"><em>In reply to Waethorn:</em></a></blockquote><p><br></p><p>"You mean like Ed Bott when he wrote the thing about Clover Trail support?"</p><p><br></p><p>I would say yes, another nothing burger story.</p>
<p>The statement "it will just have a new home soon" sounds like a politician's backtrack after some controversial statement that got push-back. If that was the plan all along why not just say "We are removing Paint from Windows but it will be available from the Windows Store" in the first place? Perhaps the plan to put it in the store was something they decided yesterday.</p>
<blockquote><a href="#152581"><em>In reply to ShelDyck:</em></a></blockquote><p>it depends on the program. If you copy mspaint.exe to a new folder, it won't run from there. Perhaps if you save it to another location before the update and then move it back to its original location afterward, it might work. Maybe there are register tweaks necessary. In any case, it's not something average users will know how to do.</p>
<blockquote><a href="#152701"><em>In reply to hrlngrv:</em></a></blockquote><p>Well, if you have XP it's a non-issue anyway. The number of people who run both XP and W10 is very small, I would bet. I wouldn't want to download a copy trusting that it's clean.</p><p><br></p><p>Increasing software functionality is probably about an order of magnitude or so more difficult to do than increasing storage capacity so it sounds about right. Most of the latter's gains come from refinements in manufacturing rather than new ideas. </p>