Public Response Saves MS Paint From Being Killed Off

Microsoft says “MS Paint is here to stay.”

July 25, 2017

On Monday it was reported that Microsoft was looking to move on from MS Paint and leave the image-editing tool on the digital scrapheap. This led to an outpouring of emotion from users and fans who grew up making rudimentary images on their computers. "RIP our childhoods," read one popular tweet.


Now, a day later, it seems that Microsoft was paid attention to what has been going on and moved to ensure MS Paint will live on for a while longer.

“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," Megan Saunders, Microsoft’s general manager of the 3D for Everyone initiative, wrote 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.”

There was no last minute rescue mission for Outlook Express or the Reader app and Reading list, however. Both are expected to go the way Paint was due following the upcoming Windows 10 Autumn Creators Update.

Public Response Saves MS Paint From Being Killed Off