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Microsoft Paint finally coming to the Microsoft Store

by Mark Tyson on 8 April 2021, 13:11

Tags: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Windows 10

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Back in 2017 Microsoft announced that it was going to maintain and update Microsoft Paint via the Microsoft Store (which was called the Windows Store back then). At the time it was facing a bad consumer reaction to the idea that MS Paint would be depreciated in favour of Paint 3D. Four years later the iconic software firm has just got around to making good on its promise.

The arrival of Microsoft Paint in the Microsoft Store was spotted yesterday by Aggiornamenti Lumia on Twitter but subsequently confirmed in a blog post regarding Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21354 (scroll half way down page). At the time of writing the app isn't showing up in the Microsoft Store for me though.

The new Windows Insider blog mentions that both MSPaint and the Snipping Tool are now "updateable via the Microsoft Store outside major OS updates". They are both still offered as parts of Windows 10 but going forward they will now live outside the Windows Accessories folder to their own places in the Start menu. Notepad has made a similar transition.

You will see in the screenshot that MS Paint has a new modern icon at last. The previous icon harks back to the Windows Vista era. As for the Sniping Tool, it has been packaged together with Snip & Sketch, so updates for both can be supplied at the same time.

On the topic of moving things around in the Windows Start menu, Microsoft confirms that it is removing the Windows Accessories, Windows Administrative Tools, Windows PowerShell, and Windows System folders from Start. They will be accessible via the Windows Tools entry point instead.



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I hated the tiles on Win 10 , made the front end look like a childs phone. I'm using Openshell to bring back some elegance to my desktop. As for these new icons ,bah , look like something out of a nursery school colouring book , prefer much older ones. All this might save a few milliseconds if that but with the graphics and Cpu power we have now I think a more elegant and refined desktop is a nicer thing to see.
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I hated the tiles on Win 10 , made the front end look like a childs phone. I'm using Openshell to bring back some elegance to my desktop. As for these new icons ,bah , look like something out of a nursery school colouring book , prefer much older ones. All this might save a few milliseconds if that but with the graphics and Cpu power we have now I think a more elegant and refined desktop is a nicer thing to see.

I couldn't agree more
I think this annoys me more than Notepad because I occasionally use paint
Can't wait for them to butcher the OS even more. As it stands, Windows 10 is bloatware crap. Add stuff like this to the mix, and we have more bloatware crap.

What a disaster of an OS…
If it's available via Store, than maybe we can also uninstall it. I like the sound of that.