As first spotted by The Guardian, Microsoft is calling it quites in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in terms of the ancient Paint application According to the company’s support page, Paint will be demoted to “deprecated” when the Fall (or Autumn) Creators Update begins rolling out. This doesn’t mean it won’t be in the new Windows update, but it won’t receive any further development support or user-facing changes.

While this may be unfortunate for some, this change is pretty inevitable. Microsoft recently debuted Paint 3D as an alternative to Paint that supported all of the new 3D-esque initiatives the company was undertaking with the Windows 10 Creators Update, while the application is an overall better alternative to the aging app that people use to make ugly stick figures. It’s also more modern-looking, with the Paint app not receiving any major design changes in ages. Therefore, it’s clear that this software is in dire need of being retired.

What that said, we’re not sure yet as to when/if Microsoft will remove Paint from Windows 10 anytime soon. Sure, development for the app has ended, but that doesn’t mean it’s going anywhere. For now, if you’re a regular Paint user, you’ll be good. But if I can have a say in how you use your PC, I suggest attempting to switch over to Paint 3D soon.


Posted by Max Buondonno

Founder and executive editor at Matridox (formally MBEDDED). I've also founded and am the sitting CEO at MBEDDED Media, a new kind of media company. Lover of anything and everything involving technology. I know CSS and basic HTML to an extent. Writer, blogger, critic, coder, and self-certified genius. Oh, and I'm told I'm a legend, if that means anything to you.


  1. […] Yesterday, a support document over on Microsoft’s website was discovered which claimed to announce the deprecation of the company’s Paint application, a piece of software that’s been around on Windows for over 30 years. While it didn’t seem likely the program would die off anytime soon, the company has formally come out to say Paint will continue to live, this time as a Windows Store app. […]



  2. […] good software update comes some ommissions, and there’s a few worth noting. For one, the infamous Paint app is no longer included. Microsoft is trying to push users to use Paint 3D and future creative apps, but at least the […]



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