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Microsoft Paint gets a second life -- in the Windows Store

The program that's been around as long as Windows itself will be discontinued from future versions of Windows.

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The demise of once-beloved computer programs is always a source of misery for lovers of retro tech.

The latest victim is the much-cherished Microsoft Paint, the canvas upon which many artistic visions have been realized over the years. The feature will be discontinued with a Windows 10 Fall Creators update, replaced by Paint 3D, but it will still be available in the Windows Store for free.

Paint has been around as long as Windows itself, debuting on Windows 1.0 in 1985. In the way-back-when of dial-up internet speeds, it was as integral to passing the time on Microsoft machines as Minesweeper and Solitaire.

It's unlikely the program will be much missed in the age of the Apple Pencil and Google's Tilt Brush, which allows you to paint worlds around you in VR, but no doubt it will be remembered fondly.

Now if only Microsoft could wean people off the aging Windows 7 and the ancient Windows XP.

First published July 24 at 6:11 a.m. PT.
Update at 11:25 p.m. PT: Added that Microsoft Paint will be available on the Windows Store.

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