Microsoft Is Pulling The Plug On MS Paint And People Are Legitimately Devastated
The slow, inexorable crush of time has come for MS Paint, with Microsoft announcing this week that the iconic program’s days are numbered.
On Monday, the company released new details about the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and users were horrified to discover the basic graphics program had been included on the list of features and functionalities marked for removal or depreciation.
Paint will be depreciated, which means it will remain a part of Windows for now, but is “not in active development and might be removed in future release.”
The move comes after Microsoft unveiled Paint 3D in April, and I know what you’re thinking: it’s just not the same.
Following the news, a number of people took to social media to express their grief and give the program the sendoff it deserves.
— Daniel (@DanielBruce_8) July 24, 2017
— Derrick Simpson (@DerrickOnSports) July 24, 2017
— Light House Cinema (@LightHouseD7) July 24, 2017
That’s the end of MS Paint. One more of our childhood memories has been erased. RIP pic.twitter.com/7UFQorprew
— Manish Shaarma (@Manishshaarma) July 24, 2017
RIP ms paint you showed everyone that software does not need to be defined by its marital status
— ~ (@daniel_barker) July 24, 2017
Removing MS Paint is almost as bad as removing Pinball. :(
— Nathan Adams (@Dinnerbone) July 24, 2017
Not everyone is ready to say goodbye, however, with some people adopting the hashtag #savepaint in an attempt to get Microsoft to reverse its decision.
— Federico Capoani (@fcapoani) July 24, 2017
— Paul Schofield (@PS_Schofield) July 24, 2017
— Daniel Harvey Dyer (@Octolele) July 24, 2017
— Brystal Boyd McKee (@BrystalBoyd) July 24, 2017
MS paint and I are (roughly) the same age and nobody’s killing me off cause I’m too old or cause there’s a younger, newer paint. #SavePaint
— Jess (@jaewall) July 24, 2017
MS Paint has been a part of the Microsoft suite since Windows 1.0 in 1985. Since then it’s been surpassed by… well, pretty much every other graphics program on the market. Still, I’ll be damned if I don’t pop it open every time I need to save a screenshot, or whenever I feel like drawing a dick on the face of one of my many, many enemies.
Here’s to you, Microsoft Paint. You were kind of shitty, but damn it you were ours.