The transition of MS Paint to the Microsoft Store continues to be moving forwards four years after the company revealed the update. The app isn’t currently available in the app store, although there have been news of a placeholder emerging in anticipation for its release.
Microsoft revealed in 2017 that the graphics app will be phased out after 32 years. Although it is not everyone’s first choice when dealing with photographs, it is responsible for the expression, “What did you base that heinous crime on? Is it possible to paint? “, the software is now used by millions of people for fast and simple editing.
The news of Paint’s death sparked outrage among fans, prompting Microsoft to explain that, although it would be excluded from a core community of packaged Windows software, MS Paint would be migrated to the company’s store as a free download.
In 2019, Brandon LeBlanc, a senior program manager on the Windows Insider Team, tweeted that Paint would be included with Windows 10 “for now.”
Italian tech site Aggiornamenti Lumia (via Thurrott.com) reports that MS Paint is finally listed in the Microsoft Store, though it can’t be downloaded, suggesting a placeholder. It’s not showing up for us yet.
Many consumers would enjoy the addition of Paint to the Microsoft Store. Not everybody has the app bundled with Windows 10, and as Microsoft said at the time, it helps Paint to be upgraded more frequently—updates are usually delivered by Windows 10 feature upgrades.
Microsoft intended Paint 3D to replace the venerable MS Paint, but it struggled to achieve the same level of success as its predecessor. As a result, it is no longer used as one of Windows 10’s main applications and will be available for free in the Microsoft Store.
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