Microsoft has said it will not stop developing Paint, an app that has consistently featured on the program for 32 years.

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In a statement released on Monday, Microsoft had announced the removal and deprecation of 22 programs adding that the changes would be effected after the release of the Windows 10 update.

Subsequently, fans of the application had taken to social media to criticise what they felt was the end of Paint. In a swift response, Microsoft said the app would be available for free in the Windows app store.

“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,” read a blog post.

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“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: 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.

“Paint 3D – the new app for creativity, also available for free with the Windows 10 creators update, will continue to get new feature updates.

“In addition to the new 3D capabilities, many of the MS Paint features people know and love like photo editing, line and curve tools, and 2D creation are in Paint 3D.”

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Paint debuted on Windows in 1985.



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