Microsoft has revealed that the graphics editing app is no longer “in active development”, and may be removed from Windows altogether.
Paint was introduced back in 1985, and has featured on every version of Microsoft’s computer operating system.
Though it was never the most capable program, it was easy to use and familiar to millions of people, many of whom used it as their main source of digital fun before going online.
The company has published a support document listing a number of Windows features that are set to be killed off.
“The following features and functionalities in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update are either removed from the product in the current release (“Removed”) or are not in active development and might be removed in future releases (“Deprecated”),” Microsoft says.
“This list is intended to help customers consider these removals and deprecations for their own planning.”
Paint would be the biggest casualty by far, though it might yet survive, as Microsoft says “the list is subject to change and may not include every deprecated feature or functionality”.
Paint 3D, a modern version of the app, was introduced earlier this year, but Microsoft decided to make it available alongside regular Paint, rather than instead if it.
3D Builder app, Apndatabase.xml, Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), Outlook Express, Reader app, Reading List, Screen saver functionality in Themes, Syskey.exe, TCP Offload Engine, Tile Data Layer and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Owner Password Management will be removed from Windows 10 when the the Fall Creators Update arrives – most likely in September.
Along with Paint, IIS 6 Management Compatibility, IIS Digest Authentication, RSA/AES Encryption for IIS, Sync Your Settings, System Image Backup (SIB) Solution, TLS RC4 Ciphers, Trusted Platform Module (TPM): TPM.msc and TPM Remote Management, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Remote Management, Windows Hello for Business deployment that uses System Center Configuration Manager and Windows PowerShell 2.0 have also been marked as Deprecated.