Microsoft Paint to remain part of Windows 10 ‘for now’

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Drawing app Microsoft Paint will remain a part of the Windows 10 operating system “for now”, one of the firm’s developers has said.

The popular, basic drawing program was set to be removed from the PC software in 2017, leading to an outpouring of support for the app.

Microsoft then confirmed the app would not be withdrawn but would instead be moved to the Windows Store rather than be a default app, but those who wished to continue using it could still download it for free.

But fans of the original Paint have since regularly queried if the app will be a part of the next Windows 10 update, which is due to be released in May.

Responding to a question about the software on Twitter, Microsoft senior program manager Brandon LeBlanc confirmed that the software would “remain included in Windows 10 for now”.

The drawing tool has been a part of Windows since the original version launched in 1985 and has long been seen as the go-to tool for quick image edits among PC users.

Its successor, Paint 3D, has become the default version of the software on Windows 10 since being introduced in 2017.

Chris Price
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