We experienced a life-altering sense of sadness the other week when Microsoft announced that MS Paint, probably the greatest Windows program of all time, would be coming to a tragic end.
After 32 years, the beloved digital canvas was deemed ‘deprecated’ by Microsoft, meaning it would no longer be ‘in active development and might be removed in future releases.’ While we are currently writing this blog post from a Mac, the news of Paint’s demise still made us yearn for our PC heyday, when MS Paint was the go-to tool for drawing terrible self-portraits, ruining pictures with the paint-spill tool and wasting time in ICT lessons at school.
Every ending, however, brings a new beginning. After the announcement, a global outpouring of love for Paint caused Microsoft to backtrack on their decision. In a blog post, the company wrote:
‘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.’
This means that while Paint may not come pre-loaded onto future PCs, you will be able to download it for free from the Windows Store. Thank goodness.
To celebrate, we found the one person in the office who still has it on their computer and set about creating some Paint-based reimaginings of great Muslims, great moments in recent Muslim history, and stuff we love. We’ll apologise in advance, because they’re all terrible.
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