Microsoft Paint Lives to Fight Another Day

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A couple of days ago, Jumbla was shaken to its core after hearing some truly devastating news, which has dominated the headlines ever since…

Microsoft Paint was being retired from Windows following 32 years of loyal service.

This was clearly hard to take for several of the Jumbla team, who cut their teeth on this primitive, yet iconic program.

In fact, Microsoft Paint gave several of our creatives their first experience of illustrating on a computer, from which they have developed into accomplished artists and designers.

So, you can imagine the euphoria when Microsoft revealed that Microsoft Paint would live to fight another day after all. But the initial shock will remain with us forever.

The story of Microsoft Paint

A seasoned veteran of computer programs, MS Paint has been a Windows mainstay since the operating system’s debut in November 1985.

But after three decades, Microsoft announced it would no longer be supported after the Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update.

A colossal backlash ensued, with internet users condemning the decision in an outpouring of grief. Some even used the hashtag #RIPChildhood in a touching (some may say ‘interesting’), nostalgic tribute.

However, Microsoft quickly pointed out that Paint would still be available through its Windows Store.

“It’s been amazing to see so much love for our trusty old app,” Microsoft General Manager Megan Saunders said in a blog post. “Amidst today’s commentary around MS Paint we wanted to take this opportunity to set the record straight…

“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.”

Jumbla’s memories of MS Paint

“I always used to draw faces on Paint,” said Jumbla Motion Designer Jeric. “I’d put on some music, grab the circle tool to draw a mouth, then move it up and down to make the face sing along.”

Digital Designer Jess added: “I thought Paint was Photoshop but there was no gradient tool on there. So, I had to keep selecting slightly different shades on the colour picker instead.

“Every drawing I did took about three months. Then my Dad got me a cracked version of Photoshop that didn’t have gradients either.”

The internet’s greatest MS Paint artists

Far from being an outdated or incapable program, MS Paint has given birth to an army of artists who create stunning canvases using this veteran of illustration.

Boston-based Pat Hines is one of the world’s foremost Paint artists, using it to illustrate his self-published eBook about a summer camp set in the 1980s.

“I suck at Photoshop and other programs, and have worked exclusively in Microsoft Paint for over ten years,” he told Bored Panda. “I honed my craft working long overnights at a hospital reception desk.”

Another notable user is UK-based Jim’ll Paint It, who takes picture requests from fans and illustrates them exclusively in Microsoft Paint.

On hearing the news Paint would be scrapped, he said on Twitter: “Touched that so many of you have been thinking of me today. Jim’ll Paint It will continue as usual on a virtual XP machine.”

Microsoft Paint is not dead.
Long live Microsoft Paint!

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