UPDATE: 27/07/2017: In a surprising turn of events, Microsoft has heard the overwhelming response from Paint fans and have announced Paint's return...to the Windows Store.
While it may not come pre-installed with future Windows devices, the 32-year-old app will be available for free through the Windows Store. However, its close to a year-old baby Paint 3D, will be pre-installed with the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update and future Windows devices.
Other than the 3D capabilities, many of the MS Paint features people know and love like photo editing, line and curve tools, and 2D creation are in Paint 3D.
Looks like we got the best of both worlds.
RIP MS Paint
Microsoft Paint has been included in a list of features and programs that will be removed or deprecated in the next Windows 10 update.
Though it's marked as "Deprecated", Microsoft has clearly stated that it isn't in active development and might be removed in future releases. Reason being Paint 3D has already taken its place with a whole lot more features.
True enough, it's a valid reason but it's still sad to know that the program some of us grew up with will soon be erased from our computers. Makes you reminisce about the times in the school computer labratories where you'd be Picasso for a minute painting not-so beautiful peices just for the heck of it. It could have also been one of your only form of entertainment when your family's computer disconnected from the internet.
The very first version of Paint came with the very first version of Windows 1.0 in November 1985 and has gone through years of updates since its release. However, its end of life was suspected to last October, when Microsoft released Paint 3D which allowed users to create more complex three-dimensional paintings. As much as it pain(t)s us to see our most memorable application breathe its last breath, we say goodbye to our old friend.