In a press release at the beginning of this week, Microsoft released a list of programs that the company plans on “removing” or “deprecating” from their next round of updates starting this fall. Most notably on the list, at least for computer nerds such as myself, was the Microsoft Paint program, which the company has officially listed as deprecated, meaning that it is scheduled to be dropped from future updates beyond the fall of 2017.
The move comes as a crushing blow to computer enthusiasts and fellow dorks alike, with nearly every tech website around the internet each coming out with their own report expressing their disappointment over the news. However, as many are pointing out, the decision to drop Paint shouldn’t really come as a great surprise.
Not only is Microsoft Paint widely regarded as one of the worst or most useless photo editing programs available on the open market, but the software itself has not received an update or improvement of any kind since the release of Windows 7 in 2009. Moreover, Microsoft has been focusing a great deal of attention trying to develop the newer Paint 3D program, which allows users to paint both 3 dimensional and 2 dimensional images. Likely, Paint 3D will become the standard replacement for the traditional Paint program on future systems.
There is a small glimmer of hope though, Microsoft predicated their list this week by saying that “The list is subject to change and may not include every deprecated feature or functionality” in the future. Given the outcry and attention the removal of Paint is garnering, and given the fact that Paint takes up almost no hard drive space and poses no known security threats to its users, perhaps there is a small chance Microsoft can be swayed to change their opinion. As it stands today, Microsoft plans to release their newest rounds of updates starting around October or November of 2017.
On a personal note, I happen to be one of the few news producers that actually depends on Paint to run my business. Not only are a large portion of the cover photo’s to my articles produced on Paint, but I regularly use the program to cut, paste and save screen shots to incorporate into my articles. With that said, if I am no longer able to use Paint in the future, I would be making the switch to a free and open source program known as Gimp.
Gimp essentially offers all of the same platform and tools as Adobe PhotoShop, except it is 100% free to use and own.
Download Gimp Safely Here: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Editors/GIMP.shtml
Other Free Alternatives: https://beebom.com/best-free-photoshop-alternatives/