Microsoft Paint makes its way to the Microsoft Store

by Radu Tyrsina
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  • Microsoft Paint is apparently finally making its way to the Microsoft Store.
  • Although Microsoft said it will do so back in 2017, the moment has came just now.
  • Despite the release of Paint 3D, the classic Paint app still remains very popular.
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Not many of you might recall, but the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update also introduced Paint 3D. Marketed as the new-generation Paint, it was received with mixed reviews. Yours truly also believes that Paint 3D isn’t actually a replacement to Paint and it shouldn’t be viewed as such, but rather as a dumbed-down Photoshop, if you won’t mind me making this comparison.

Naturally, this prompted many users wanting to go back to the previous original Paint, because of course, why should we have to get used to all these flashy new features when all we want is a glorified Snipping Tool. Paint is embedded deeply within our memory, as it was probably amongst the first programs that we actively used on a computer.

That’s probably why Paint 3D has failed to gain traction, because if you’re like my, you’ll stick to the good ol’ classic Paint for whatever it is we’re doing (and most of the time we’re just cropping, resizing and we’re making gigantic arrows).

Microsoft moves the Paint app to the Microsoft Store

So the actual news, as first pointed out by AggiornamentiLumia, is that Microsoft is moving the Paint app to the Microsoft Store. I went ahead and searched for it … but it’s not yet there. But it’s probably slowly rolling out and you should be able to see it quite soon.

Now why does Microsoft do that? Why does it move Paint to the Store?

The Redmond company actually announced back in 2017 that it plans to move Paint from pre-installed apps to the Microsoft Store. It does so because it wants to update the application more often, which means it will be improved more frequently and won’t rely only on the traditional Windows Updates for these changes to be released.

Back then, Microsoft said the following:

Today, we’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint. If there’s anything we learned, it’s that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans. It’s been amazing to see so much love for our trusty old app. Amidst today’s commentary around MS Paint we wanted to take this opportunity to set the record straight, clear up some confusion and share some good news: 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.

So it took them almost 4 years to move Paint to the Microsoft Store, but if you’re actively using it, this means that at least it will be getting new clothes and functions more often. Let’s just hope they won’t try to upgrade it too much because … that’s why Paint 3D is for, right?

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We will be keeping a close eye on the Microsoft Store and will make sure to download the app once it becomes available. Bookmark this page, as we will update it once that happens and will probably review the updates, if any.

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