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Microsoft places its beloved MS Paint app in the Microsoft Store

Microsoft is finally putting MS Paint in the Microsoft Store – almost four years after trying to replace the app with Paint 3D. The change is part of the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview, which also makes its cutting tool updatable via the Microsoft Store.

Back in 2017, Microsoft introduced the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and announced that they would no longer actively develop Microsoft Paint. Instead, the company tried to push a replacement called Paint 3D, which included 3D image manipulation tools as well as 2D image editing. Of course, Windows users were not happy with the decision.

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Microsoft soon realized the bug in its ways and announced that they would add MS Paint to the Microsoft Store as a way for everyone to download it for free. It actually never removed MS Paint from Windows 10, but with the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview, it finally makes the beloved application updatable via its store.

“MSPaint can now be updated via the Microsoft Store outside of major OS updates,” Microsoft said in a blog post. “It also has a new icon and is promoted out of the Windows Accessories folder to its own location in the Start menu.”

As for Paint 3D, that app will no longer be part of new Windows 10 installations. Instead, the app along with 3D Viewer will also continue in the Microsoft Store. Speaking of which, Microsoft is also making a cutting tool that has been combined with Snip & Sketch that can be updated through the Microsoft Store. This means that it is updated outside of major OS updates.

The changes are part of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21354, which includes new customization options for news and interests on the taskbar, improvements to screen settings, and several bug fixes and enhancements. You can see the full change log for the release right here.


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