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.
Microsoft has not responded to a request for comment.
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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Once Paint gets the boot, probably the best alternative would be Paint.NET (https://www.getpaint.net/) which is rather more powerful (though not quite as full of bells and whistles as GIMP, which is my other go-to...and GIMP is at least both free as-in-beer and as-in-speech, so if that's important, GIMP's also a good alternative).
I use Paint for several things. It is easy and does what I need to do.
Hope I can keep using it.
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