Few days back, Microsoft announced that it is going to remove MS Paint in the new version of its Windows 10 operating system. MS Paint was first released in 1985 with the first version of Windows 1.0. It was pre-installed with every Windows version since.

The announcement has led to incredible outpour of support and nostalgia around MS paint. This made Microsoft to change their mind and rethink about their decision.

MS Paint in Windows 10

Microsoft General Manager for 3D initiatives and Windows Experience, Megan Saunders, said in a blog post, “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.

Paint 3D – the new app for creativity, also available for free with the Windows 10 Creators Update, will continue to get new feature updates. In addition to the new 3D capabilities, many of the MS Paint features people know and love like photo editing, line and curve tools, and 2D creation are in Paint 3D.

The Paint 3D app is a 3D creation app on Windows 10 that makes it easy to create anything in 3D, whether you draw from scratch or pull from the Microsoft’s online 3D community, Remix 3D. Classic Paint has been reimagined, with an updated look and feel and a ton of new brushes and tools. And now, create in every dimension. Make 2D masterpieces or 3D models that you can play with from all angles. With Remix3D.com, you can share, discover, and be inspired by millions of 3D objects. Remix3D.com lets you connect with other creators, find new ideas, and get instant access to a library of 3D objects to customize, remix, and share with the creative community.

Paint 3D

Features of Paint 3D

  • Instantly create cut-outs from your favorite pictures with Magic Select, then use them as stickers to wrap onto your 3D models.
  • Set the scene. Try realistic textures like hardwood and soft grass, and choose the filter and lighting options that best show off your creation.
  • Debut your work on Remix3D.com. Discover thousands of 3D models from the Remix 3D community, and upload your own creations.
  • Doodle in 3D! Sketch a drawing with the 3D doodle tool and watch it instantly turn 3D.
  • Show how it’s done. Export a video of your creative process and show others how you’ve made your work of art.

System Requirements (Recommended)

OS – Windows 10

Architecture – x86, x64

Get the complete list of features and tips from Microsoft on how to use Paint 3D. Read more here. The complete tutorials are also available in Microsoft YouTube channel.

Windows 10 now has 500 million monthly active users. As of 2016, MS Paint has still more than 100 million active users. It means that around 25% of the Windows 10 users still use Paint.

So Paint won’t be a pre-installed application going forward. You have to install the app from Windows store and unlike the older version, Paint 3D might be complex for the users. Even though Microsoft said that it has integrated most of the older paint functions to the new app as well. Since the app is not the core part of Windows, it might be difficult for employees who use paint in their office. They might not have administrative privileges because of which they wont be able to use the app.