Windows confirms popular Microsoft program Paint “is here to stay!”

UPDATE: Microsoft Paint fans rejoice! The original art app isn’t going anywhere – except to the Windows Store for free, Windows confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.

“Today, we’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint,” the company said in a statement.

“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!


The company said that after seeing multiple reports about the computer program being ‘killed off’, that they needed to “take this opportunity to set the record straight, clear up some confusion and share some good news…”

“MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free,”   from Windows confirmed.

So, it appears it’s not all bad news for us 80’s and 90’s kids after all!

EARLIER: It’s a sad day for us 80’s and 90’s kids with the news one of our favourite childhood computer programs is heading for the scrapheap.

Social media went into meltdown on Tuesday morning after Microsoft revealed the shock news.

In a post on their website, the company included ‘Paint’ as one of many features set to be “removed and deprecated” in the Windows 10 update, which is due to be released at the end of this year.

The simple graphic editing program was first introduced in 1985 and has been a childhood favourite for many ever since.

It’s unknown exactly when the program will be officially removed, but its been marked as deprecated, which means it is “not in active development and might be removed in future releases.”

Fans of the program can however still use the Paint 3D version, which was launched earlier this year.