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Microsoft Paint is Not Being Retired, Internet Rejoices

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Tech Editor
Updated: 25 July 2017
This week Microsoft announced its old school program Microsoft Paint might be retired in the next version of the company’s Windows operating system. But after an internet outcry, the dodgy drawings on the original painting tool will continue.

The Guardian first spotted MS Paint in a Microsoft list of features that are to be removed or deprecated in the Windows 10 Fall creators update. Deprecated is defined by the company as “might be removed from future releases.”

That was enough to spread fury around the internet, with fans of the app taking to Twitter, Reddit, and any other forum to lament the loss of their favorite nostalgic painting tool.

But Microsoft was quick to allay the fears of Paint enthusiasts, stating in a blog post: “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. Amidst today’s commentary around MS Paint we wanted to take this opportunity to set the record straight, clear up some confusion and share some good news.”

The blog post added that MS Paint is here to stay, and will soon be available for free in the Windows Store. Once again Twitter reacted, but this time with joy rather than frustration.