If you were a 90’s kid, the earliest form of entertainment for you on the PC was nothing but MS Paint. Long before computer games became a part of our world, MS Paint was present and ruling the screens. But hey, times have changed. We have better applications like Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop and we have plenty of other entertainment methods. The fact of the matter is, that even though the app was used for entertainment purposes, it was made for recreational purposes. Nevertheless, after years of neglection, Microsoft has finally considered MS Paint as a ‘deprecated feature’ and has chosen to discontinue it from the Windows 10 Creators Update due to release this fall.
It might not seem like it but MS Paint has been a huge part of Windows but it has completed a long course with Microsoft. The feature is part of Microsoft Windows since the release of Windows 1.0 back in 1985. The image editor might have had poor features as compared to image editors that we have today, but it has played a significant role as part of the operating system. Its legacy might be associated with poorly designed artworks but it has had its essential importance for its users.
Nevertheless, ‘deprecated’ doesn’t really mean the feature is going to disappear right away. There’s still no date available for when the release will be rolling out and what will be the right time for us to say goodbye to this memorable editor. However, this does mean that it’s time to say farewell to another important part of our nostalgia and childhood. As the The Verge mentioned in their recent article, Microsoft shouldn’t forget to pour one out for MS Paint. The app has and always will be an essential part in the legacy of Microsoft Windows.
Imran Abdul Rauf is a Digital Marketing Strategist, employed at CMOLDS, and specializes in content marketing, email marketing campaigns, lead generation, and other aspects of digital marketing. A content enthusiast by the day, and hardcore gamer by night, Imran is also a regular guest contributor at some of the top tech and digital marketing platforms.