Overwhelmed! Microsoft decides to keep MS Paint

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READ NEXT: Microsoft officially deprecates Paint after 32 years By ensuring the legacy Paint version remains available, Microsoft can balance the needs of its existing users with the ones its hopes its newer features will attract. "If there's anything we learned, it's that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans", said Microsoft.

The statement comes from Megan Saunders, the General Manager of 3D for Everyone Initiative and Windows Experiences at Microsoft, in a blog post.

Paint 3D comes with most of the goodies of MS Paint and a powerful 3D content creation mechanism.

The apparent shift in position came hours after Microsoft announced the end of days for Paint as it focuses on software for 3-D drawing.

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Microsoft Paint has been given a reprieve after the company confirmed it will continue to offer the graphics programme.

While Paint will be available for download from the Windows Store, that's not the same as being a core part of Windows.

Last week, the tech firm placed Paint on a list of "deprecated" applications, meaning it was no longer "in active development and might be removed" from future versions of its flagship Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft also took the opportunity to promote Paint 3D, its entirely rewritten approach to Paint. Don't worry, though, because there's a newer and better art program you can use to make goofy doodles with, and you can love it just as much as you loved dumb old Paint.

Paint debuted on Windows in 1985. The app mainly opens and saves files as Windows bitmap (24-bit, 256 color, 16 color, and monochrome, all with the.bmp extension), JPEG, GIF, PNG, and single-page TIFF. However, this old piece of software would definitely not be a part of Windows 10 and will find its place in the haunting corners of Windows Store.

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