RIP MS Paint: iconic doodling program to be retired this year

MS Paint has officially been marked 'deprecated'.
MS Paint has officially been marked 'deprecated'.

Fans of Microsoft's long-standing Paint program are suddenly feeling very blue.

The company recently announced that Microsoft Paint is on a list of features that are set to be "removed and deprecated" in an upcoming Windows 10 update, set to be released later this year.

The 32-year-old graphic-editing program is officially marked as deprecated, meaning it will still exist after the update but is no longer being actively updated and could be phased out at some point. It's unclear when Microsoft will officially remove Paint from its software.

Paint was Microsoft's original Windows 1.0 program when the company launched in 1985 and has been a staple in its systems for years. Known for its simplicity, Paint allows users to dream of being the digital Leonardo da Vinci by using their computer's mouse as the brush.

Last October, Microsoft released Paint 3D, an updated version of the application that allows users to share work in an online community.

Outlook Express and Reader are two of the other noteworthy items Microsoft is removing in the software update. The company's Mail app has essentially replaced Outlook Express for some time now and Reader will be integrated in with the Microsoft Edge Web browser, according to the company's statement.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Washington Post