Microsoft Paint was launched more than 32 years ago, and is a staple of the PC experience – but it could soon be scrapped from Windows 10 by Microsoft.
An official support post on the upcoming Creators Update revealed Microsoft Paint has been on a list of “deprecated” Windows features.
This means the long-running graphics app is “not in active development and might be removed in future releases.”
Microsoft Paint was introduced way back with the very first version of Windows – Windows 1.0 – in November 1985.
At the time it only supported 1-bit monochrome graphics and used a proprietary MSP format.
In Windows 3.0, it was superseded by Paintbrush which featured a redesigned user interface and colour support.
Windows 95 also shipped with an updated version of Paint, while the Windows 98, Windows 2000 and Windows Me versions let users save JPEG, GIF and PNGs.
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 all launched with Microsoft paint.
The last three versions (7,8 and 10) featured a ribbon in its user interface and also offered an ‘artistic’ brush tool for the first time.
Microsoft are also removing Outlook Express ENTIRELY from the upcoming Windows 10 fall creators update.
The Reader and Reading List apps are also being removed, but their functionality will be added to the Edge web browser.
The next Windows 10 update will be the fall creators update, which brings with it the sleek looking Fluent Design and a number of gaming changes.
Microsoft Paint has been part of Windows for more than 30 years
Express.co.uk have previously revealed that despite the free Windows 10 upgrade period ending last year you may still be able to download Microsoft’s latest OS at no extra cost.
The Windows 10 free download offer ended last July, but PC owners can still upgrade by following a few simple steps.
Users who have a properly licensed and activated version of Windows 7 and 8.1 can upgrade by go to the Download Windows 10 webpage and click the ‘Download tool now’ button.
After that has downloaded, people need to run the Media Creation Tool.
You can then choose ‘Upgrade this PC now’ if you have downloaded the Media Creation Tool onto the PC you want to upgrade and if you’re only upgrading one machine.
The upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will bring with it a number of updates, including changes to the Action Centre notification area, which now has a separate section for apps.
The Windows Phone keyboard will also be coming to PCs, with enhanced text prediction to the touch keyboard in Windows 10.
There will also be a new touch keyboard layout, similar to the phone keyboard, for one handed use and Windows 10 users will be able to use dictation to input English or Chinese text on the desktop with the microphone button.
Voice commands can also be used for basic editing and punctuation as part of the new experience.