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Microsoft ends WordPad after nearly 30 years

What To Know

  • The tech behemoth made the announcement over the weekend, confirming that WordPad will be phased out, with no plans for future updates, and it will eventually be eradicated from forthcoming Windows versions.
  • However, starting in 2020, it was relegated to an optional feature, granting users the liberty to uninstall it if they so desired.
  • In hindsight, this shift hinted at the impending demise, a foreshadowing of what has transpired this week.
  • The company conveyed, “WordPad is no longer in active development and will be phased out in a future Windows release.

Microsoft has officially decided to retire WordPad, a fundamental text-editing application that has been lingering on the brink of obsolescence for some time now.

The tech behemoth made the announcement over the weekend, confirming that WordPad will be phased out, with no plans for future updates, and it will eventually be eradicated from forthcoming Windows versions.

This application has been pre-installed on Windows operating systems since as far back as 1995. However, starting in 2020, it was relegated to an optional feature, granting users the liberty to uninstall it if they so desired. In hindsight, this shift hinted at the impending demise, a foreshadowing of what has transpired this week.

Microsoft also underscored that it possesses two alternative products, Microsoft Word and Windows Notepad, both capable of fulfilling the majority of functions previously served by WordPad.

The company conveyed, “WordPad is no longer in active development and will be phased out in a future Windows release. For formatting-rich text documents like .doc and .rtf, we recommend Microsoft Word, while for plain text documents such as .txt, Windows Notepad is the suitable choice.”

Microsoft has developed a pattern of discontinuing some of its classic, albeit somewhat antiquated, features. A few years ago, it shelved the iconic MS Paint, only to partially resurrect it later.

This year, the tech giant also terminated the application for its voice-activated assistant, Cortana, continuing its trend of streamlining its product portfolio.