Microsoft Paint’s Days May Be Numbered – New York Times

Still, the news was greeted online with real and exaggerated dismay as people mourned the loss of what, for many, was their first introduction to Microsoft’s globally dominant computer operating system. The word “Paint” even began trending worldwide on Twitter.

Paint continued to be popular among users of Windows, even though the operating system’s offerings have grown exponentially and feature-rich alternatives abound. The original Paint program boasts more than 100 million monthly users, Microsoft said in a blog post earlier this year.

Simple though it is, the classic paint application has attracted artists who have used it to create intricate and sometimes popular works.

Pat Hines, an author and illustrator who gained recognition for his use of Paint, explained its appeal in a 2014 blog post.

For someone not naturally technically inclined, he found in Paint a precise way to create illustrations, he said: “It’s the one medium where the end result always lived up to what I had in my head.”

In an interview on Monday with Inverse, a media website aimed at young men, he also praised it for its simplicity. “It’s just a nice, charming little program that you can make quick stuff in,” he said.

Despite the decision to end active development of the classic Paint program, Microsoft has bet big on design in recent years with hardware and software offerings focused on the creative process.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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