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Bidding Goodbye to Microsoft Paint: The App will be Killed off in Windows 10

It's the end of an era.

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New Delhi, August 10, 2017: If there was any application that was universally loved (in a pre-smartphone era, of course), it was Microsoft Paint. From making rudimentary doodles to full-blown artworks, MS Paint has been an integral part of the Windows experience for millions and millions. Sadly, the future generations may no longer know the joys of using this basic drawing/photo-editing tool.

According to the Guardian report, Microsoft’s next Windows 10 update called the Autumn Creators Update – one that will bring in a slew of new features and applications – will no longer feature their lovely companion for 32 years, the Microsoft Paint.

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First introduced in 1985 with the very first version of Windows 1.0, Paint has come a long way: The application that could once just create black-and-white doodles and had just one brush has now become a household tool. Basic cut-copy-paste jobs, adding texts, making doodles and testing your handwriting capabilities with a mouse, MS Paint has been there for all of us at all times.

Alas, Paint, along with Outlook Express, Reader app and Reading list, has been added to the “Features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update” list. According to Microsoft, these applications will be “either removed from the product in the current release” or they “are not in active development and might be removed in future releases.”

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Yes, MS Paint is not the best tool there is. It’s pretty basic and is hardly used professionally. Visual artists and graphic designers obviously favour superior tools like Adobe’s Photoshop and Illustrator, but for the plebs, MS Paint will always remain a thing of joy. People have made bad memes, and terrible edits with Paint, and have enjoyed doing so.

But it’s not just the ordinary folks who have made use of this iconic piece of software. The late Hal Lasko, more famously known as “The Pixel Painter”, was a 97-year-old man legally blind man, who used MS Paint to create beautiful works of art. He started creating his art at the age of 85, when he received a computer as a birthday gift, and the work he did was awe-inspiring. Before he died in 2014 he started to sell his works and was featured in Microsoft’s Super Bowl commercial.

And Lasko wasn’t the only one. The subreddit, r/MSPaint – with its 3,047 subscribers, is a regular factory for wonderful creations amde with the only and only handy tool.

Microsoft may remove MS Paint from the future updates, but MS Paint will always live, not only in the hearts of the millions who use the tool, but also on the computers of the millions who probably won’t update their Windows.


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86 Percent of Firms in the US and four European countries to upgrade to Windows 10 in 3-4 Years

According to the survey, 47 percent of the surveyed organizations said they would upgrade to Windows 10 in the next 12 months

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New Delhi, March 27, 2017: Of 400 mobile technology firms in the US and four European countries surveyed, 86 per cent said they will upgrade their Windows PCs to Windows 10 within three to four years.

Results from the Decision-Maker Mobile Technology Survey, highlighting the shifts in technology buying and spending levels, identified trends in both the acceleration of Windows 10 adoption.

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According to the survey, 47 percent of the surveyed organizations said they would upgrade to Windows 10 in the next 12 months.

“Eighty-three percent of the firms said they planned to converge their PC management and Enterprise Mobility management strategy… 44 percent of firms noted they planned to do this convergence in the next 12 months,” the survey found.

It also found that of the 85 million monthly active users of Office 365, over 95 percent of the cloud identities were being managed by Azure Active Directory (Premium).  (IANS)

 

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14 million downloads of ‘Windows 10’ not good enough for Microsoft

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

After 14 million downloads of its new operating system, Windows 10, which came out earlier this week, Microsoft says “there’s still a long way to go.”

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Microsoft wrote on its blog post, “While we have more than 14 million devices running Windows 10, we still have many more upgrades to go before we catch up to each of you that reserved your upgrade.”

The company had asked its users to reserve their copy of Windows 10 in advance by using an app “Get Windows 10” that had appeared on their system weeks ahead of the release.

Then the users had to wait for a notification from the company which would tell if the new operating system is compatible with their PCs.

“If you reserved your upgrade of Windows 10, we will notify you once your PC is ready for Windows 10 and it has been downloaded on your PC,” Microsoft posted. “The best way to know your upgrade is ready is to look for this notification in your system tray.”

But this is not the only way to upgrade your system to Windows 10. You can just open up Microsoft’s website and download the “Media Creation Tool”. By opening this application the user gets the option to upgrade the system, and then sets up the computer and gets it ready.

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Battle against piracy: Microsoft to offer free upgrade of Windows 10 to all users

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World technical giant Microsoft Corp to overcome its battle against piracy, is making its biggest push into the pirated Chinese consumer computing market by offering free upgrades to Windows 10 to all users, irrespective of whether they are running genuine copies of the software or not.

After launching the Anti Piracy movement and encountering forfeited Microsoft OS pre-installed in numerous PCs being sold in China in 2012, this step is an unparalleled attempt by the MNC to get legitimate versions of hundreds of millions of Windows users in China.

Terry Myerson, who runs Microsoft’s operating systems unit, announced the plan at the WinHEC technology conference in Shenzhen, China.

He also confirmed the awaited release of Windows 10 globally “this summer”. This is the first time Microsoft has set a time frame for the launch unlike earlier times.

“We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10,” he said in a telephone interview with Reuters. The plan is to “re-engage” with the hundreds of millions of users of Windows in China, he added.

Microsoft is working in collaboration with Lenovo Group Ltd to implement the roll out of Windows 10 in China to current Windows users. It is also offering upgrades through Qihoo 360 Technology Co and Tencent Holdings Ltd, China’s biggest networking company responsible to build a Windows 10 mobile and PC app for QQ gaming and messaging service.

Microsoft has also been working with China’s smartphone giant Xiaomi Technology Co ltd which uses Android OS, to offer the use of Windows 10 on some of its handsets as a pilot project.