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Microsoft Just Updated MS Paint With New Features



  MS Paint on Windows 10

After announcing MS Paints' deprecation back in 2017, Microsoft has moved in the other direction. It's not just Microsoft Paint that sticks in Windows 10-Microsoft, just updated it with new keyboard controls!

This is pretty big news. Microsoft "written off" MS Paint in 201

7, which meant that Microsoft would stop updating it. The media said it "dead", but Microsoft gladly announced that Paint would move from Windows and to the App Store. It would never be updated again, of course.

All these plans have been interrupted. MS Paint will remain in Windows 10 and will not move to the store. Most shockingly, Microsoft has started updating it with new accessibility features:

We know that Microsoft Paint (MSPaint) is loved by customers and we are happy to announce new accessibility features that come to Microsoft Paint with the Windows release May 10, 2019 Update.

We have introduced the keyboard as a primary input mechanism. Microsoft Paint is already fully functional with mouse and multi-touch tablet input, but customers can now use the app and drag with only their keyboard.

When Windows 10 May 2019 Update arrives, you can use the keyboard to draw and perform other actions in Paint. You can use the arrow keys to move the cursor, press the spacebar to activate the selected tool and hold Ctrl while pressing the arrow keys to move the canvas. The full list of keyboard shortcuts is available in Microsoft's blog post.

  MS Paints New Keyboard Controls
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Microsoft terminates the blog post from the "Team Responsible for MSPaint" by asking users to "Let us know what we are working and what we can do to improve." [19659003] It's pretty big: We knew MS Paint was not dead, but we had no idea that Microsoft was still updating it.

We are happy MS Paint still stays around. It is an iconic part of Windows and web culture. Updating the old tool may seem silly, but it is worth making it available to more people. Painting 3D is cute, but it's something completely different. It cannot replace Microsoft Paint.

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