For the most of the early 2000s, most probably understand the significance of Paint in web design. Philippines significantly has more Windows users than other OS for its user-friendly design. Thus, the pioneer software of image editing will surely be missed by our inner artist.
Microsoft published a list of Windows features that are set to be removed or deprecated in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Sure enough, the notorious “meme-maker” program is included in the list. MS Paint was marked “deprecated” meaning it is not in active development and might be removed in future releases. The Paint we all came to love will be replaced by Paint 3D, which works quite differently from the simple editing program we used to know. Paint 3D will support 2D and 3D editing.
Since the announcement, Internet users started bombarding the web with various “artworks” created using the program. Users who came to know the wonders of MS Paint before anything else started actively shared their sentiments on Twitter with the hashtag “RIP Paint.”
“MS Paint is Here To Stay.”
On the bright side, Microsoft announced that the program will still be available. The “outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint” made it possible for the software to be free and can be downloaded from the Windows Store.
Who Says Goodbye Then?
The real news comes from Adobe marking the demise of the Flash Player. Adobe will stop the updates and distribution of Flash Player at the end of 2020. Several factors attributed to the purge of Flash – the rise of HTML 5, shift to mobile-first and security issues. Steve Jobs even wrote a letter why Flash wasn’t allowed in Apple products back in 2010. Five years after, Cisco released a report on the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposure system stating the number of vulnerabilities rose by 66% in the first six months of the year.
With that, Adobe will partner with Mozilla, Microsoft, and Google to block Flash but it will still offer security updates in the browsers and to support new versions. The company encourages content creators to change existing Flash content to open source formats instead.
Whether we admit it or not, letting go of a program or feature we’ve grown to love can be difficult. The program grew and flourished as we have, and to detach with something that became part of us can bring back memories of childhood when the sole purpose of turning on the computer was to draw pixelated houses or play Diner Dash online.