Microsoft Paint is a standard program of a Windows operating system since its inception. After 32 years, Microsoft decided to discontinue it.
Introduced in 1985, the program was a part of Windows 1.0. It enabled users to sketch their doodles using their cursor.
Since its introduction, the concept didn’t evolve much. Despite that, it maintains a loyal fan base. In fact, it attracted 100 million users per month.
With the recent announcement, however, those users would have to use other programs to create their masterpieces. Microsoft Paint is one of the programs in the deprecated apps list of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
That said, don’t expect it to appear in the future versions of Windows. It also means that Microsoft will no longer provide support for it.
But don’t worry. The company is replacing it with a modern app called Paint 3D. It’s a more advanced app for art making than Microsoft Paint.
It works like the original program. That is, it allows users to create drawings using a digital pen and paintbrushes. But with the term suggests, it aims to create 3D art.
When the latest update comes in September, experts agree that it may be the end of an era for users of Windows. However, with its loyal fan base, Microsoft may revive this feature in the future, just like what it did to Clip Art in 2016.
You may refer to Microsoft’s announcement here for the full list of removed and deprecated apps
In other news, Microsoft will join the smart thermostat market. The company announced that it partnered with Johnson Controls to introduce an intelligent thermostat product. It’ll be called GLAS.
This latest smart thermostat will have Windows 10 IoT core operating system. It’ll have a transparent touch screen supporting Cortana voice commands. That said, it won’t rely on your smartphone or smart speaker to adjust its temperature.
Furthermore, it can detect the air quality indoors and outdoors and determine whether there’s a person in the room.
Microsoft also introduced a LinkedIn app for Windows 10. The app will show notifications in the Action Center. The company started to distribute the update in various phases via the Windows Store. It’ll completely roll out will be at the end of July.
After installation, it can launch from the Start Menu. Or you can pin it as a Live Tile.
The said app allows easy connection to opportunities. It aims to help users to work smarter.
With this app, LinkedIn can deliver real-time updates, like new messages and insights on the people who viewed your profile. You also get updates on trending news in the industry you chose and other highlights on your network.
The LinkedIn app for Windows 10 is available in 22 languages. You can download it through Windows Store.
Besides the LinkedIn app, Microsoft also launched a lightweight version of LinkedIn. It’s a mobile version designed for users who are using slow connections. However, it’ll only be available in 60 countries, and it’ll start in India.