Snipping Tool is moving and we’ll tell you where it’s heading

Madalina Dinita
by Madalina Dinita
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Many Windows 10 users have seen this alert on their PC screen: Snipping Tool is moving. In a future update, Snipping Tool will be moving to a new home. Try improved features and snip as usual with Snip & Sketch.

And here’s a screenshot of the alert:

Snipping Tool is moving alert

As you can see, Microsoft is planning to replace the good old Snipping Tool with the Snip & Sketch app.

Many users don’t like the idea of Snipping Tool being phased out in favor of the new Snip and Sketch App.

While the big M says that using Snip & Sketch is much easier compared to its predecessor, most users are still reluctant to switch to the new app.

Snip & Sketch already took over many of the key features of Snipping Tool, but it’s not that popular among users.

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Moreover, many users don’t agree with Microsoft’s strategy of leaving them no choice but to download certain apps from the Store. Yes, you need to download the new app if you want to take screenshots on your PC.

I’m really quite frustrated with Microsoft’s insistence on moving apps that were once included in the operating system into the Windows Store. As an administrator in a High School environment, we have locked down the Windows Store in earlier releases of Windows 10. Now we have to look at how to manage it given that things like Snip and Sketch, and Photos can only be found in the Windows Store.

There are also users who think that Snip & Sketch is lacking particular features and options, and needs better annotation tools, as well as additional screenshot delay options. Users don’t really like the fact that every snip creates a new window.

So, it looks like Snipping Tool is here to stay — at least for a while. We’re pretty sure the tool will be available in the upcoming OS version scheduled for release this fall. However, we’re not sure Snipping Tool will still be around when the Windows 10 May 2020 Update lands.

What’s your take on this? Do you think it’s a good idea for Microsoft to offer Snipping Tool as a stand-alone app download after it has removed it from the OS?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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