After 28 years, Microsoft has decided to end support for WordPad and permanently remove the text editor from Windows. This decision was expected, since the program has not been updated for a long time and can be replaced by other applications. Microsoft.
WordPad is a simple application that allows you to create and edit rich text documents and insert images and links. The application has been automatically installed on Windows systems since the release of Windows 95 in 1995. This way, by default, users got a text editor built into the operating system.
The company now recommends using Microsoft Word for rich text documents such as .doc and .rtf and Windows Notepad for plain text documents such as .txt. “WordPad will no longer be updated and will be removed in a future Windows version.“Microsoft said.
While WordPad is still installed by default on all Windows systems, since the release of Windows 10 Insider Build 19551 in February 2020, users can uninstall it from Optional Features Control Panel.
Five years ago, Microsoft announced its intention to end support for the Microsoft Paint desktop app. However, after users massively expressed the application, the company decided not to remove it completely but to make it available through the Microsoft Store. Maybe if WordPad has a lot of fansMicrosoft will also bring it to its App Store.
The end of support for WordPad symbolizes the end of an era and underscores Microsoft’s commitment to modernizing and optimizing its products. While some classic apps are disappearing, new and more powerful tools are taking their place, offering users a more modern and advanced experience.