Microsoft Paint, one of the default Windows 10 applications, has finally appeared in the Microsoft Store – at least according to a new report – in what seems to be the fruit of a move promised many years ago.
We can’t see the Paint app in the Microsoft Store yet, and indeed Aggiornamenti Lumia, the Italian technical website that noticed this, says you still can’t download the app through the store either.
Still, it’s reportedly there, along with a fancy new icon (which previously leaked), and it is claimed that the app should be fully available soon. Microsoft will apparently announce when it delivers a new version for Windows 10 in the near future (as was the case recently with Notepad).
Providing Paint through the Microsoft Store is useful in terms of regular availability of updates (as opposed to coming with Windows 10 feature updates), which means that the app will not be in the operating system by default.
The Paint saga was significant, with Microsoft promising to move the app to its Windows 10 store back in 2017, when the software giant said: “In the future, we will be offering MS Paint in the Windows Store. [now the Microsoft Store] free. “
The future now seems to assume that this report is about money, and Microsoft is indeed continuing the alleged plan and announcing it to testers soon.
Paint it back
Prior to 2017, it was thought that Microsoft would completely remove the Paint application from Windows 10. However, the company changed its mind – and announced the move to the Microsoft Store – due to the displeasure of those who continued to use it. Then in 2019, we heard that Paint would remain in Windows 10 “for now,” hinting that moving to the Microsoft Store might still be on the tabs.
Paint is not only a matter of nostalgia for longtime Windows users, but also a solid option for a lightweight application that can be launched very quickly for fast jobs – a role that Paint 3D, which was supposed to replace Paint, is not not fulfilling.
Paint 3D, of course, has fallen out of favor and will soon not be included as the default Windows 10 app – but as an optional Microsoft Store download for those who want it. In other words, both Paint and Paint 3D will not be included in Windows 10 as basic applications, but will be available in the store for those who want one or the other.
Those who do not want either can simply forget about the whole thing and will not have extra inflation under Windows 10 …