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The Internet Keeps Microsoft Paint Alive

Author: Sherryn de Vos
Date: 2017-07-26
Microsoft announced this week that Paint was going to be scrapped. Within hours the internet managed to save it. We look at what happened.
News broke on Tuesday that in its latest update, Microsoft would be doing away with the iconic Microsoft Paint. Within hours, the internet had gone into uproar, most people grieving the loss of the programme that got them through pre-internet computers. How could the company do this to such a legend? Paint had been around during most childhoods, allowing users to fill their time by creating squares, circles, or simple curved shapes and using the colour bucket to fill them with various colours. Don't tell me you never did this! Who could forget the hours spent on creating some of the worst art possible and being immensely proud of the hideous creation displayed on the screen infront of you? But Paint did have its uses. If simple cropping, or editing was needed on a picture, Paint was your go-to. Where else could you draw a large thought bubble above your dad's head, or blackout the boy who broke your heart with the large paintbrush strokes. 

The Legend Lives On

Microsoft Paint has been around since the first launch of Windows. It came part and package of Windows 1.0 in 1985, and 32 years on, it seemed to have seen the end of its lifespan.  Fate however, seemed to step in for the doomed programme.  Faced with so much backlash, the company has decided to keep Paint on in the update. In a statement, general manager of the 3D for Everyone initiative, Megan Saunders claimed that the internet's love of the programme actually saved it.  “MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the WindowsStore where it will be available for free. Today, we’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint. 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.” So, even though the programme will no longer be accessed through the usual default menu, you can still download it should you wish. It will be available to download as an app from the Windows Store. Even though it is free, it does beg the question, how many of these "Ultimate Paint Fans" will actually go out of their way to download the app and make use of it. Will workplace administration also allow these kinds of apps to be downloaded? We doubt it.  What progammes have stood the test of time?
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The Oldies But Goodies

There are a number of programmes that are still around today that have actually stood the test of time. You might actually be surprised at how old some of these programmes actually are!

Microsoft Office

Born in 1982! Yes, you read right. 1982. Although the full suit was only launched in 1990, the individual components were created from 1982. Microsoft Works was one of the original formats and was simpler and cheaper.  Microsoft Word was also not the first application. Excel existed before Word was created. Who knew?

Adobe Photoshop

Created in 1987, its creator, PhD student Thomas Knoll, sold the programme to Adobe Systems in 1988.  Two years later, the programme was launched but only for Macintosh. It was only two years later that the programme was available for Windows. 

Sim City

Sit down for this. Do you know that the first Sim City was released in 1989! Since its birth, the game has gone on to dominate gaming in the modern world. Sim City was re-launched in 2003 and the game went on to be available on most gaming platforms.

The Fallen Heros


Who could forget being able to log onto your computer and access a digital encyclopedia?  These days we do have Wikipedia, and essentially the rest of the internet to assist us with our searched, but back in the day, this was revolutionary.  It was born in 1993 and was eventually discontinued in 2009. Interestingly, by 2008, the complete English version, Encarta Premium, consisted of more than 62,000 articles


You haven't noticed that this has disappeared have you?  Although most clip art images are easily accessible via the internet, this was not always the case. Who could forget the hours spent on creating home-made cards and over-the-top Powerpoint Presentations?


Can anyone actually tell us what this game was about? What was the actual strategy of the game? It actually made no sense whatsoever. Since 1989, however, this game took up hours of our day while we we tried to dodge the bombs that ended the game in a sudden red death. 
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