We reported a few weeks ago that Microsoft confirmed that they are no longer deprecating Paint for Windows, and had removed the notice informing users that the app will likely soon be removed from Windows 10.
Now it seems the app will not only no longer be killed, but receive new features.
Writing on the Windows Blog Brandon LeBlanc notes:
We know that Microsoft Paint (MSPaint) is well-loved by customers and we’re pleased to announce new accessibility features coming to Microsoft Paint with the release of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update.
We’ve introduced the keyboard as a primary input mechanism. Microsoft Paint is already fully functional with mouse and multi-touch tablet input, but customers will now be able to use the app and draw with only their keyboard.
Along with full keyboard input support, we’ve made improvements to the way Paint interacts with Screen Readers, like Windows Narrator, which some users might find improves their overall experience with the app.
We look forward to hearing your feedback on these features and the app overall. Let us know what’s working and what else we can do to improve. Thank you!
In 2015 Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella said he wanted people to not just need Windows, but to love Windows. In the last 6 months, Microsoft appears to have decided to stop trying to force their plan on users and give them what they actually ask for, be it updates which could be postponed, to actually supporting Paint rather than the kludgy Paint 3D. It looks like the company may finally succeed in their goal.
Read more about the new accessibility features coming with the May 2019 Update in Paint here.