Microsoft Paint avoids brush with death

By Zoe Kleinman
Technology reporter, BBC News

New Doctor Who in PaintImage source, @Foxymulderx
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The new Doctor Who was re-created in Microsoft Paint by user @foxymulderx

Microsoft has confirmed that it will continue to offer its graphics program Paint.

In a recent update, it had listed Paint as a feature that would be either removed or no longer developed.

Paint, renowned for its simplicity, has been part of the Windows operating system since its launch in 1985.

Microsoft suggested it would not remain on Windows 10 by default but did say it would be available for free on the Windows Store.

Its successor, Paint 3D, will be part of the Windows 10 package.

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This mountain scene was shared by user Valprine on Twitter.

There had been an outpouring of support for the program on social media, following the publication of the list on 24 July.

"If there's anything we learned, it's that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans," Microsoft wrote in a blog.

"It's been amazing to see so much love for our trusty old app."

There does not appear to have been a similar reprieve for other features on the list of casualties.

These included the Outlook Express email client, now replaced by Mail.

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Paddington Bear was shared with the BBC by user Foxymulderx