With Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26020, Microsoft officially starts killing WordPad

WordPad has been around since Windows 95.

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Key notes

  • Microsoft launched Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26020 for insiders in the Canary channel.
  • With this build, the company is finally killing popular text-editing app WordPad.
  • “WordPad will not be reinstallable,” Microsoft also says.

So long, WordPad. The popular text-editing app that’s been around since Windows 95 is finally gone, as Microsoft launched Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26020 for insiders in the Canary channel.

“Starting with this build, the WordPad and People apps will no longer be installed after doing a clean install of the OS. In a future flight, WordPad will be removed on upgrade. WordPad will not be reinstallable,” says Microsoft.

Canary is one of the insider builds where Microsoft tests out changes it’s making to Windows 11, so it’d only make sense if this deprecation makes its way to general, non-insider users in the Stable channel in the near future.

Microsoft announced plans of WordPad deprecation a little while ago. Back in September, the company suggested using Microsoft Word or Notepad to create and edit text documents instead.

Besides, this build also kills the People app and stops further updates for Snipping Tool-like Steps Recorder app (PSR.exe), which has also been deprecated for those in the Dev channel back in November 2023.

Check out Microsoft’s changelogs for Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26020 on its official website here.