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The Death and Resurrection of Microsoft Paint

July 27, 2017

After 32 years, Microsoft announced that its beloved program ‘Paint’ will not be included in the newest update for Windows 10.

The first version was introduced back in November of 1985 with Windows 1.0, the first version of Windows operating system. Although it wasn’t officially killed off, the news spread quickly that it would no longer be actively updated alongside the other elements of the Windows system, and would be phased out eventually.

At the news of its eventual demise, the online world was sent into mourning for the well-loved graphics platform. Microsoft Paint fans jumped at the chance to use the platform to convey their feelings upon hearing the news and offer their condolences through smart designs that the platform offered (much like the one we created above).

So, what was so good about the platform?

Well, it harnessed a strong feeling of nostalgia, providing a gentle reminder of the first experiences many had with a computer. As one of the longest standing apps for Microsoft, it is a staple system that many grew accustomed to seeing as part of their user experience. The platform itself was rather simple, allowing users to get in touch with their artistic sides through the stroke of a mouse.

Many took their nostalgia to social media, using the hashtag #RIPChildhood. Others were relatively surprised that the app still existed.

Many of the posts centred around the user’s individual evolution using Paint, showing the skills learnt and the art created over the many years in an attempt to appeal to Microsoft to reverse the decision.

And it worked.

Microsoft responded to the outcry with a blog post that not only addressed the love and support behind the trusted app, but also to share some stimulating news: Microsoft decided to make the app available for free download to those who still wanted to use the trusty creative platform.

As stated within the official blog post, “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 was not the only app that was under the knife, with Outlook Express and Reader also set to be removed in the next software update – to be replaced by the company’s Mail app or integrated as part of the Microsoft Edge Web Browser.

While these decisions are still pending, Microsoft fans have won at least one victory. The fight for Paint to live on just goes to show the power one app can hold over a whole generation of people.