Yesterday, Microsoft announced that its pioneering graphics program MS Paint would no longer be included in future versions of Windows.
Due to Paint’s simplicity and ease of use, it garnered a worldwide fan base, many of whom took to social media to lament the fate of one of the most iconic computer programs ever created.
In response, Microsoft released a statement to say that, in fact, MS paint will remain available to users as a free download via the Windows Store.
Meghan Saunders, Microsoft’s general manager said, “Today, we’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint. If there’s anything we learned, it’s that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans. It’s been amazing to see so much love for our trusty old app.”
MS paint was introduced in 1985 on Windows 1.0. and supported only 1-bit monochrome graphics.
By 1990, with the introduction of Windows 3.0, it had adopted its more familiar form and full-colour layout which, visually, isn’t too far away from its modern aesthetic.
Whilst Paint was quickly superseded by more powerful graphics programs, its ability to boot almost instantly meant it remained very much a useful tool.
Throughout its life, the program only received minor tweaks as opposed to the big sweeping changes that are becoming increasingly common when developers feel programs are becoming outdated, which tends to irritate existing user bases.
For many, MS Paint was an introduction to computer generated graphics and image editing. Although the program was aimed at inexperienced PC users – hence the simplicity – it became well-loved by professional digital artists and novices alike.
MS Paint will join Clippy the Paperclip in the hearts and minds of nostalgia seekers everywhere.