Following on from earlier this reports that Microsoft was moving to discontinue development and eventually scrap the program, the company have come out and insisted that MS Paint is here to stay.
“Today, we’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint. 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 in a blog post.
“Amidst today’s commentary around MS Paint we wanted 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.”
Though it could hardly compete against the likes of Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft’s Paint has managed to endure through countless operating systems since its introduction in 1985.
The move comes as Microsoft readies the Windows 10 Creators Update for release to the wider public and moves its own development focus towards the new Paint 3D.
Paint 3D offers up more advanced image creation options and is designed to make building VR and AR content as intuitive as possible.