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Overwhelmed! Microsoft decides to keep MS Paint

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WION Web Team Washington Jul 25, 2017, 07.12 AM (IST)

There is good news for MS Paint followers after several reports claimed that Microsoft Paint was being shutdown with the upcoming release of Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft said in its blog that because of "incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint" they were going to keep the service in the Windows Store.

Earlier, as speculation mounted that MS Paint was going to disappear, tech bloggers were quick to add that MS Paint had been put under the "deprecated" list and that the app was not in active development and will not be updated anymore.

However, Microsoft tweeted a few hours back that MS Paint will remain after all. In its blog, Microsoft said: "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."

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Microsoft wrote on their blog that they were "overwhelmed with the incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint", which they said moved the company to "set the record straight, and clear up some confusion". The tech giant said MS Paint will, in fact, still be available.

The 32-year-old drawing tool will remain with the users. In addition to that Microsoft is also offering next generation 3D Paint free with Windows 10.

The next generation Paint 3D is designed for 3D image-making and is expected to be released in April next year. The new program will be available with a Microsoft Surface Pen, enabling a detailed and more natural drawing for its users. Besides the new feature, the new version will also have photo-editing and 2D creation, line and curve tools.

Paint was introduced in 1985, it has been a fundamental program for beginners since then. The popular drawing tool lets easy copy, paste, crop, and image resize. The simplicity of the drawing tool was a hit among kids and beginners in the 90s and from the looks of it is still going strong. 

Microsoft's  response on Twitter:

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. 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: 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. So, thanks for all the MS Paint love, keep the feedback coming via the Paint 3D app, and keep creating!
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