My theory is that it was Elizabeth's emotional outpouring (see below) that saved Paint's bacon, but I guess we'll never know.
“My philosophy is the following: If you’re an online dating site and don’t have a mobile dating app or a mobile version by about this time next year, you will be out of business.”Balazs Alexa, the co-founder of website Date My School, wrote in an e-mail interview that new apps are “indeed a threat but usually profitable and large incumbents can defend themselves easily.”“Also, online dating is not like the auto market: every user may be a member of several platforms at the same time or shortly one after the other – we call that ‘multi homing.’ So competition is a little different from traditional industries,” he says.
Date My School, an online dating site for students and alumni from different schools, plans on creating its own app in the near future, according its website. Alexa says his company hopes to “shake this status quo” with a cooler, safer, more private, and more efficient way of dating.“It's all about the ability to learn and the willingness to change: innovation spreads always faster with young people,” he added.
All three appear on Microsoft’s list of “features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update”.
But while few will shed any tears over Outlook Express, Paint elicits feelings of genuine nostalgia.
The beloved drawing application won't be bumped off – the company is just putting it into a retirement home. Whether this was the plan all along or Microsoft just saw an opportunity to get some good PR by pushing Paint onto the Windows store instead of the recycle bin is an open question.
I mean, it's fair to say that relegating software from "integral to "optional" isn't a huge vote of confidence, but it's better than nothing.
(In contrast, it was far easier to bid farewell to Clippy back in 2007.) If you need a place to express your sorrow and find support, don your finest black and connect with Reddit's Microsoft Paint community.
Microsoft has taken note of the uproar concerning Paint's rumoured demise and put the record straight.
But it’s more than that: Paint was born the year after me, and if it could happen to a beloved drawing tool, it really could happen to anyone. Paint is survived by its disappointing modern child, Paint 3D.