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SCS Logo V2 paint jpegA staple of our childhood, basic but much-loved Microsoft Paint may have reached the end of its life.

Microsoft recently announced that, alongside Outlook Express, Reader app and Reading list, Microsoft Paint is set to be scrapped.

Born in 1985, alongside Windows 1.0, kids around the world entertained themselves for hours zooming in and creating ‘intricate’ images one pixel at a time, and adults simply couldn’t ‘print screen’ without the trusty help of this Paint program. However, the sheer amount of drawing apps available to children today have left Paint feeling somewhat obsolete, and Windows Snipping Tool (released in 2002 and updated many times since) easily outdoes the need for the button ‘print screen’, let alone its trusty sidekick Microsoft Paint.

The latest Windows 10 Creators Update, released in April, saw Paint have a 3d facelift, but it wasn’t well received, with people believing it was too far from the original version to feel comfortable. The trouble with these old staples in technology is that they become like a pair of old boots, too good to throw away but too outdated to use, and a re-heel just leaves them feeling too far from the originals that you loved so much. They become an object of nostalgia rather than a useful tool.

Paint is set to disappear in line with the next Windows 10 Fall Creators update which is due for release in Autumn 2017, bringing big innovative changes all centred around empowering your creativity.

The new features are:

  • Travel back in time

Microsoft are introducing a timeline that allows you to jump back in time to find what you were working on, whether it was 2 hours or 2 months ago. Easily travel back into your files, apps and sites as if you never left. Even Cortana is embracing the timeline theme and will prompt you to see if you’d like to continue where you left off, whether that be a website you were browsing or a document you were editing.

  • Save your disk space

Microsoft is planning to reduce the amount of disk space used on your computer by enabling you to save directly to the cloud with the release of OneDrive Files on Demand. Files will still be able to be seen from file explorer and will be available on demand whenever you need them, but they won’t take up any physical space on your device.

  • Story Remix

Story Remix has been designed to link with social media platforms and will allow you to ‘tell your own story’ by creating a video that captures your day, experience or mood. You can save it, share it, or give it a remix by adding fun 3D objects or drawing on it with Windows Ink.

  • Mixed Reality

Microsoft are planning to embrace the latest mixed reality technology with programs that will allow you to create 3D objects on your PC and snap photos of your creations in real life. They are also releasing Windows Mixed Reality headset and motion controllers, that will take gaming and technological experience to a new level.

So…is this really the end for Microsoft Paint?

Just days after the announcement of Microsoft’s plans to scrap the old favourite were released, they had to revoke its complete disappearance due to a viral outcry across the internet. People shared their stories, images and love for the humble Paint program and Microsoft agreed not to completely do away with Paint but instead to shelf it, although it will no longer come pre-installed it will be available as a download from the Windows store.

If you would like to know more about the Windows 10 Autumn Creators Update and your options for upgrading your computer operating system, contact our team on 0800 9520652.

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