Microsoft to kill beloved MS Paint program

Tragedy rocked the online world this week when Microsoft released its plans to kill MS Paint, a simple image editing and creation program that’s been on Windows OS for 32 years.

Images of support – made in MS Paint of course – flooded social media as users prepared to say their heartfelt goodbyes to the program that had entertained many through a boring computer class.

A day later, Microsoft released a statement, saying “if there’s anything we learned, it’s that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans.” Within that blog post, it also clarified that it wasn’t giving MS Paint the axe entirely. Only that, in future updates, the program would be moved to the app store and replaced with Paint 3D.

There were other casualties of the current updates, such as Outlook Express that will be replaced with Mail, but there oddly wasn’t an outpouring of support and grief for the email client as there was the beloved MS Paint.

You can find a full list of the programs Microsoft is either replacing or doing away with entirely, here.