A regular feature since the launch of Windows 1 in 1985, Paint could finally be drifting into oblivion after being part of every Windows version.
The ubiquitous Paint application that would be tucked deep inside the Start menu options in every Windows version till date could soon be on the way out. Nothing has been set in stone yet but the application does feature in the list of apps and feature that could either be depreciated or killed as part of the Fall Creators Update. And that is a sure move Paint is set to lose its standing in Microsoft’s changed scheme of things.
Such a move seems logical though given that Microsoft has already introduced the Paint 3D app early this year and is designed to come across as a more modern replacement of the Paint. The new Paint 3D app is also designed from grounds up taking into account the changes the computing industry itself has evolved into off late. That makes the app suitable for both PCs and tablet devices, which again makes it suitable for operation with both touch and stylus based inputs, besides mice and such.
However, Paint still co-existed with its paint 3D cousin so far but Microsoft has now stated they won’t be devoting any more resources in developing Paint any further. Paint 3D was first introduced as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update While the Fall Creators Update is due to be launched in October.
The Paint app too was never a complete image editing software, offering only Spartan controls at best. However, the program still managed to develop a following of its own with many liking it for basic editing tasks. Whether or not the app would be sorely missed remains to be seen though.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has also released a list detailing the apps and programs that are either on the chopping block or could be pruned before the next major Windows 10 update is launched.
Among the programs that won’t be part of the Fall Creators Update include 3D Builder app, Apndatabase.xml, Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), Outlook Express, Reader app, Reading List, Screen saver functionality in Themes, Syskey.exe, TCP Offload Engine, Tile Data Layer, and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Owner Password Management.
Similarly, the program that will be depreciated include IIS 6 Management Compatibility, IIS Digest Authentication, Microsoft Paint, RSA/AES Encryption for IIS, Sync Your Settings, System Image Backup (SIB) Solution, TLS RC4 Ciphers, Trusted Platform Module (TPM): TPM.msc and TPM Remote Management, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Remote Management, Windows Hello for Business deployment that uses System Center Configuration Manager and Windows PowerShell 2.0.