Paint and WordPad on their way to becoming legacy apps

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Paint and WordPad to be optional features in Windows 10

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Microsoft is working hard on their Windows 10 20H1 update that is expected to be released in the spring of next year.

Paint and WordPad hit the optional features list

Besides adding a lot of features and improvements, the tech giant is also listening to users feedback and is making some changes to give them more control over the apps.

In the latest Windows 10 20H1 build 18963, Microsoft added a lot of new features, but also made two iconic apps optional: WordPad and Paint.

These two apps will now be on the optional features list, which means that you’ll be able to easily uninstall them in the future.

WordPad and Paint will join other legacy apps like Windows Media Player and Internet Explorer, but is still unsure if they’ll be enabled or disabled by default.


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This means I won’t be able to use Paint and WordPad anymore?

To uninstall an optional feature you have to go to Settings > Apps > under Apps & features click on Optional features, and now you’ll see the list of apps that you can uninstall.

It’s worth mentioning that optional features can be reinstalled at any given time, so adding the two apps to the list doesn’t mean that Microsoft has completely given up on them.

Most likely, they won’t get any new features or updates any time soon. But the apps will still be available on Windows 10.

Now back to you: How often do you open Paint or WordPad?

Leave your answer in the comments section below and we’ll continue the talk.

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