Microsoft signals end of Paint program.

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    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40705466

    Microsoft signals end of Paint program
    By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News
    • 1 hour ago
    Microsoft's graphics program Paint has been included in a list of Windows 10 features that will be either removed or no longer developed.

    Paint has been part of the Windows operating system since its release in 1985 and is known for its simplicity and basic artistic results.

    Paint's successor, Paint 3D, will still be available.

    The list was issued as part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which rolls out in the autumn.

    Microsoft says that features on the list will be either removed from Windows 10 or "not in active development and might be removed in future releases".

    Other features facing the axe include the Outlook Express email client, which is replaced with the built-in Mail app, and the Reader app, which will be integrated into Microsoft Edge.

    The BBC has contacted Microsoft for comment.

    RIP Paint
    People have expressed disappointment at the news on social media, with many tweeting "RIP" messages.

    Welsh YouTuber Chaotic described Paint as "the greatest thing to have ever existed" - perhaps with tongue in cheek.

    The artist known as Jim'll Paint It uses the program to create artwork on outlandish themes, commissioned by strangers. He has nearly 700,000 followers on Facebook.

    "Paint hasn't been all that since they messed about with it anyway. I'm running XP on a virtual machine because it's the best one," he tweeted.

    "They should just release the source and make it public domain," tweeted games developer Mike Dailly, creator of Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto.
     
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    Microsoft Paint avoids brush with death.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40714395


    Microsoft has confirmed that it will continue to offer its graphics program Paint.

    In a recent update, it had listed Paint as a feature that would be either removed or no longer developed.

    Paint, renowned for its simplicity, has been part of the Windows operating system since its launch in 1985.

    Microsoft suggested it would not remain on Windows 10 by default but did confirm it would be available for free on the Windows Store.

    Its successor, Paint 3D, will be part of the Windows 10 package.

    There had been an outpouring of support for the program, on social media, following the publication of the list, on 24 July.

    "If there's anything we learned, it's that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans," the Microsoft wrote in a blog.

    "It's been amazing to see so much love for our trusty old app."

    There does not appear to have been a similar reprieve for other features on the list of casualties.

    These included the Outlook Express email client, now replaced by Mail.
     
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