Microsoft kills off iconic Windows drawing program Paint

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Microsoft’s iconic drawing program Paint is to be killed off after more than 30 years.

The tool has been a stalwart of all Windows computers since 1985, but will now be removed from future software.

After the news was announced, many Brits recalled fond memories of using the creative program as a child.

Tech giant Microsoft made the revelation via a statement on the company’s website.

Paint is among a list of “deprecated” programs which the company is no longer developing ahead of the roll out of the next major Windows update in the autumn, known as the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

“This list is intended to help customers consider these removals and deprecations for their own planning,” Microsoft said of the move. 

“The list is subject to change and may not include every deprecated feature or functionality.”

The 3D Builder app and the Outlook Express email client are also on the list of programs to be cut. 

In the company’s most recent upgrade, the Windows 10 Creators Update which was released in April, the firm introduced Paint 3D, a new upgraded image creation tool that enables users to build 3D images and designs for the first time.

It appeared alongside the traditional Paint software and is likely seen as a long-term replacement for the original program.

Additional reporting by Press Association.

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