Microsoft says it may ax iconic Paint program after 32 years

In this Nov. 10, 2016, photo, people walk near a Microsoft office in New York. (AP Photo/Swayne B. Hall)

REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft is seriously considering killing off its iconic Paint program after 32 years, according to media reports.

The Redmond-based software giant announced Monday it will drop support for the popular drawing app in its upcoming Windows 10 update.

It marked Paint as "deprecated" in a list of apps and features that may be removed from the software, meaning the app is "not in active development and might be removed in future releases."

Paint was introduced with the first version of Windows, called Windows 1.0, in November 1985 and has been a staple of the operating system ever since. The tool lets users easily copy and paste, crop and color images, or simply doodle and create drawings.

As of last year, Paint was still used by 100 million people a month, according to Microsoft.

Paint holds a certain nostalgia with many Windows users despite never really having huge functionality compared with other programs such as Adobe's Photoshop. But its very simplicity was perhaps its most popular feature.

Last year, Microsoft unveiled Paint 3D, a new version of the classic software. It is much more advanced, allowing users to create three-dimensional images.

The fall update of Windows 10 does not have a release date yet, and it's not completely confirmed whether Paint will be killed off. But the prospect of the death of Paint is already getting some users riled up on social media.

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