paint sad face No More Paint?
With the news of MS Paint being killed "deprecated", I just had to express my feelings in the only appropriate way I could... I mean, it's certainly not a great image editor at all, but at least you could count on it being available on any Windows system. Even when I've had much better tools at hand, it was still a frequent go-to for really quick-and-dirty screen grab cropping and annotating.

How do you feel about this? Do you mourn the loss or feel it's long overdue?
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by:Colleen Kayter
Back when Microsoft announced the featured Paint 3D in the Creator's Update, I joined Windows Insiders so I could play with it. To my dismay, installing pre-release Creator's Update removed the original Paint app from my computer.

Microsoft listened when that sparked an uproar in the Insiders Forums. So many users screamed about it, they brought it back. So although they won't be updating it, I doubt they're going to remove it altogether. Thus far, Microsoft has been reasonably responsive to user feedback.
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by:Andrew Leniart
How do you feel about this? Do you mourn the loss or feel it's long overdue?
While it still supports commonly used graphic formats, I think it would be both a waste and mistake to get rid of it. There's literally no risk associated with keeping it, so not sure why Microsoft is even considering removing it.

Many years ago I worked as an adult instructor for a couple of years at Future Kids Learning. Along with the age old game of Solitaire, I found MSPaint to be an invaluable tool for adults new to computers to learn and practice hand / mouse co-ordination skills. Besides that, it was fun for them - everyone giggling uncontrollably as they compared their creative attempts.

To this day it's the first editor I fire up whenever I want to make a simple edit or text addition to a screen capture I want to show someone. It's fast, has virtually no bugs that I'm aware of, and is very lite on space and resources. Why get rid of it? Just doesn't make any sense.

Having said that though, on the flip side I'd love for it to have some new capabilities. For my simple needs, if it had a blurring functionality and better arrow inserting options, I'd rarely have to fire up any of my other graphics tools.
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by:Colleen Kayter
Just found this in my Flipboard feed... the official Windows blog weighs in:

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/07/24/ms-paint-stay/#8lWRWbejtARvOvBR.97
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by:Brian Matis
Andrew:
There's literally no risk associated with keeping it, so not sure why Microsoft is even considering removing it.

Well, that's not completely true... There are always maintenance costs for something like that. Even if new features are stopped, there's still a chance that changes in the OS or APIs would necessitate updates to the program, or at the very least, ongoing QA to verify that other updates didn't cause a problem. Plus, when there's something new like Paint 3D, keeping the original Paint around could stop people from switching over.

Hey... now that I'm thinking about it more... I didn't even know that Paint 3D existed until I saw the news yesterday about Paint being killed... Maybe this was all just a brilliant marketing stunt for Paint 3D?!
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by:Colleen Kayter
Brian, I think more users would have been happy with Paint 3D if it were not for so many features in Paint that were omitted from 3D (like select and crop or resize).
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by:Brian Matis
Wait... Paint 3D has no crop? That sounds crazy...
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by:Colleen Kayter
LOL. I know, right? Paint 3D lacks a lot of the features that make Paint a quick & dirty photo/screenshot editor. Even worse, the Win 10 Photo Viewer and the built-in editor? No crop there, either. Wut the?
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