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RIP Paint: Microsoft plans to kill off the iconic software, 32 years after it was first introduced

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Paint has been pre-installed on Windows since it was launched in 1985

July 24, 2017: It was a firm staple for children in IT lessons around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.

But fans of Paint will be disappointed to hear that Microsoft plans to remove the drawing software, 32 years after it was first introduced.

The software looks set to be one of several features removed in the Windows 10 Creators Update this autumn.

Microsoft announced the list of features that will be killed off in a blog on its website.

The firm wrote: ‘This list is intended to help customers consider these removals and deprecations for their own planning.

‘The list is subject to change and may not include every deprecated feature or functionality.’

Paint, a simple computer graphics app, was first introduced in 1985, and has been pre-installed on Windows devices since.

Other features set to be killed off include the Reader app, Screen saver function and Outlook Express.