You'll need a hug: Your favourite childhood computer program is about to be killed off.

After 32 years of faithful service, Microsoft Paint is to be no more.

That’s right, Bill Gates and friends have decided that 2017 will be the year 90s kids officially bid farewell to the program that kept us occupied for all those hours in the computer labs at school.

The graphics program has been included on a list of Windows 10 features that will be “removed or no longer developed” as part of Microsoft’s next update, due later this year.

Nineties kids are truly in mourning, posting heartfelt declarations of love and respect to the computer program that marked their childhoods.


The worst part of all of this is the fact I can’t even create a tribute to the program on my computer. Because…well, because I have a Macbook.

It wasn’t until I learned that Paint could soon be no more that I realised how much I was missing it.

(It’s a little like that distant relative that sends you $5 in a birthday card every year and you don’t appreciate it until they stop sending it.)


Perhaps this is what we deserve for abandoning the program that allowed us to pretend we had some semblance of artistic talent for our primary school years.

Sometimes, you never know what you’ve got until it’s (almost) gone.