Microsoft flushes Paint from Creators Update

We’ve already heard plenty of what’s new in Microsoft’s upcoming big Windows 10 update but now the company has quietly put out its list of ‘features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update‘ and, to the dismay of some, legacy features such as Paint and Outlook Express are being cut off.

Putting them in categories of ‘removed’ and ‘depreceated’, Microsoft explains in the blog post that the listed features 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”)".

While it’s not in the removed camp, Paint has been branded by the ‘depreceated’ brush, meaning that it’s likely to be canned in a sunsequent iteration of Windows. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, with the company heavily pushing its new Paint 3D app which has a greater focus on – you guessed it – 3D.

One feature that is being given the boot in the ‘removed’ column is Outlook Express, with Microsoft specifying that it is ‘removing this non-functional legacy code’. The Reader app is also being canned, though its functionality has more or less now been integrated into the Edge browser. 

Other functions and features making way in either category are screensaver functionality in Themes, and the 3D Builder app. The latter is still installable through the Windows Store mind.

While Paint is the headline-grabber, none of the removed or depreceated features are really any thing earth shattering and are thiings that are largely unused by most people. Still, it’s worth shedding a tear for the Ringo Starrs of this world who have, for some reason, decided to actually make something that vaguely resembles art on the aged program. 

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