Microsoft Warns Paint Users

Shots fired! Microsoft has sent a new message for users of the classic Paint app, warning them of the looming removal of the application from the operating system in the very near future.

You may recall that, back in July, the software titan had placed the Paint program in the list of features that were to be deprecated or removed from Windows 10 in the next feature update — a move that stirred up a fair amount of controversy.

The company quickly responded to the backlash by saying that Paint will continue to be available in the Windows Store.

Earlier this week, though, Redmond released build 17063 for Windows Insiders on the Fast ring of the preview program, and it came with a message that confirms the removal. The message has been placed within the app, and says:

“This version of Paint will soon be replaced with Paint 3D. Classic Paint will then become available in the Store.”

If you’re running this build, do note that you will not be alerted to this when you launch the app, but will need to click the “Product alert” button in the top right corner to see this.

What’s unclear right now is whether Paint will be removed in the next update to the operating system, which obviously is codenamed Redstone 4. This upcoming refresh of the OS is due to arrive in spring, and if this warning is anything to go by, it looks like it will be sans the Paint app.

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