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Microsoft Paint will live on after 'an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia'


Updated July 25, 2017 08:21 AM EDT

Just when we all thought Microsoft was going to erase a cherished childhood pastime forever, the company decided to make it available for download.

That's right: with the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft Paint will have a new home in the Windows Store, where it will be available for free.

"We’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint," Megan Saunders, the general manager for Microsoft's 3D for Everyone Initiative, wrote Monday night. "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."

For many of us millennials, Microsoft Paint was an integral part of our childhood. It was way cooler than a coloring book, but very few things that came out of Paint were true works of art. In fact, our parents probably tossed that "art."

Well, Paint's 32-year reign is coming to an end with the release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

In April Microsoft released the Windows 10 Creators Update, which introduced Paint 3D, but that wasn't exactly an update to the original Paint. The Paint that we all know and love was originally introduced in 1985 with Windows 1.0.

Along with paint, Outlook Express, Reader App and Reader List were also added to Microsoft's list of "features that are (being) removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update," Gadgets 360 reports.

Naturally, Paint is being mourned on social media.

Paint, you will be missed.

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