Brushes bristled when Microsoft placed Paint on a list of deprecated features for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Now Redmond is promising fans that Paint won't be splashed into the abyss – just moved elsewhere.
A Microsoft spokesperson told The Register that "many of the MS Paint features people know and love" such as "photo editing and 2D creation" are in the free Paint 3D, Paint's replacement.
But it understands the furore – after all, the web went nuts over our news that classic Paint faced the chop. "In the future, we will offer MS Paint in the Windows Store also for free," the spokesperson added.
This comes after hundreds voted on our Twitter poll backing MS Paint...
Microsoft is threatening to kick MS Paint out of Windows 10. Should @satyanadella step in and save it?— The Register (@TheRegister) July 24, 2017
Did Microsoft not get the memo that retro's cool these days? Fans of Nokia's ancient 3310 cleared the stock shortly after its relaunch.
At this point, it might be fair to start thinking about other things Microsoft could bring back.
Perhaps the pre-Office 365, transferrable licence versions of Office apps could join the Windows Store. Or maybe SkypeKit, which previously supported users of old VOIP handsets. ®