Microsoft's popular Paint app isn't being killed off just yet. A confusing Microsoft support post, published recently, revealed that the company is marking MSPaint.exe as "deprecated" in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. That suggests Paint will "not remain in active development and may be eliminated in future releases." Microsoft has updated the support post to note Paint will now be offered in the Windows Store, and its primary functions integrated into the brand-new Paint 3D app.
"Today, we've seen an unbelievable outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint," states Megan Saunders, general manager of 3D at Microsoft. "MS Paint is here to remain, it will simply have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be offered totally free." The outpouring of nostalgia is simply due to the fact that Paint has been a huge part of Windows since the initial version back in 1985. Microsoft's last major update to Paint arrived together with Windows 7, bringing the Ribbon user interface to the simple computer graphics app.
As Paint hasn't been marked as eliminated in Microsoft's support posts, this suggests it will act like Internet Explorer in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. MSPaint will still be part of Windows 10, however Microsoft will be promoting and encouraging end users to go with Paint 3D instead. Microsoft hasn't offered a timeline for when Paint will be offered in the Windows Store, however its look in the Store will likely trigger the removal part of Microsoft's support for the app within Windows 10 in the future. Don't worry just yet, you can continue making crappy artwork just like everyone has with Paint for the past 31 years.