Microsoft Paint could get erased after 32 years

Microsoft Paint: A retrospective
Microsoft Paint: A retrospective

Say goodbye to Microsoft Paint?

The iconic Paint application has landed on Microsoft's (MSFT, Tech30) list of "deprecated" features for future software releases.

Although the tech giant said the feature is "not in active development" and could be soon removed, it's unclear whether Paint will be officially absent from its Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, expected this fall.

Paint was released in 1985 with the first version of Windows 1.0. The program has been featured on every software update to date.

The easy-to-use tool lets users crop and resize images, as well as create simple drawings and doodles. Despite its limited features -- it can't be used for complicated photo editing or design -- Paint evokes nostalgia for many Windows users.

As of last year, Paint still had more than 100 million monthly users, according to Microsoft.

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Other features that could be removed with the Windows 10 update include Outlook Express, the Microsoft Reader app and Reading List, a bookmarking service. (Microsoft says the latter two will be integrated with its Microsoft Edge browser).

But this doesn't mean Paint is gone forever. It will be available for free in the Windows Store but won't receive updates, a Microsoft spokesperson told CNN Tech on Monday evening. In addition, Microsoft last October revealed Paint 3D, a revamped spinoff that allows users to create 3D images. Paint 3D will come with the current and future versions of Windows.

Paint isn't the only program tugging the heartstrings of Microsoft fans this year. Most recently, a Chrome extension called "Clippy Everywhere!" brought back Clippy, the company's office assistant. The animated paper clip can be embedded onto any website, asking users if they need assistance.

This story has been updated with a clarification from Microsoft that Paint will be available as a free download in the Windows Store.

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