MS Paint is not dead

Earlier this week, Microsoft seemingly planned to get rid of its iconic image edit programme Paint after more than 30 years as the tech giant has announced it's on a list of programmes that it's no longer developing, and could be removed in future updates.

Microsoft has today confirmed that MSPaint isn't being killed with the Fall Creators Update, and instead will be coming to the Windows Store for free.

The tech company said in its blog post: "MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free."

Paint was released in 1985 with the first version of Windows 1.0, and has been featured in every software update to date.

Over the last decade, Paint has come back to prominence by users who draw intentionally bad doodles on internet photos. And while those doodles can be hilarious, that doesn't mean Paint hasn't been used for something much more impressive.

Although the tech giant said the feature is "not in active development", this doesn't mean Paint would be gone forever. Last October, Microsoft revealed Paint 3D, a revamped spinoff that allows users to create 3D images. People have expressed disappointment at the news on social media, with many tweeting "RIP" messages.