Microsoft kills a Windows application that had been available for 28 years

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Since Windows 95, we have been able to work creating texts with a Microsoft tool. WordPad has been used by many users to create simple texts or even to learn how to use the computer keyboard, but, according to Microsoft, it will no longer be operational with the new Windows 11 update.

Although not as advanced as Microsoft Word, WordPad has been a very popular option for users doing simple text editing. However, with Microsoft’s decision to retire WordPad in future versions of Windows 11, users will have to look for alternatives such as Microsoft Word or Windows Notepad to edit texts.

What is WordPad

Although it is a program known to many, you may have arrived here without knowing what this tool is. WordPad is a word processing application that has been a staple in Windows since its first versions back in 1995. Offering a simple interface and essential text editing functionalitiesWordPad has served as a very useful tool for users who need to create and edit documents quickly and without complications.

Although it is not as complete as Microsoft Word or other advanced word processors, WordPad has some basic features that cover the needs of many users. It allows write and format text simply, with options to change the font size and style, as well as to apply bold, italic, and underline. You can also create lists, adjust spacing between lines and paragraphs, and insert images into documents. The simplest and most essential features needed to edit a text.

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Due to the simplicity of its functions, one of the main advantages of WordPad is its accessibility and ease of use. Its intuitive interface allows users to quickly familiarize themselves with text editing tools, making it a popular choice for everyday tasks such as taking notes, composing letters, or creating simple documents. But it has also been a learning and contact tool for many inexperienced users.

Over the years, WordPad has had some updates and improvements, although its basic functionality has been consistent and hasn’t changed much over the years. However, with the recent changes announced by Microsoft, it appears that WordPad is headed toward retirement, leaving users with alternatives like Microsoft Word or Windows Notepad for their text editing needs.

Microsoft announces its withdrawal

As we have said, Microsoft has announced that it will remove WordPad in its next update. Instead of Windows 12, users are expected to receive a major Windows 11 update during this year. Although the update should bring a series of new features and improvements, it will also eliminate one of the most used applications that has been included with the operating system since Windows 95. After 28 years in operation, the tool will no longer be available to users of the system window operation.

As reported by Tom’s Hardware, the latest Canary build of Windows 11 is available to download for Windows Insiders. These Insiders are members of a Microsoft program that allows them test operating system versions to assess and help programmers improve bugs. According to Microsoft explains:

“Starting with this build, the WordPad and People apps will no longer install after performing a clean install of the operating system. In a future version, WordPad will be removed in an update. WordPad cannot be reinstalled. WordPad is an obsolete Windows feature”

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If you’re wondering why Microsoft would choose to get rid of this simple text editing tool after 28 years, it seems the intention is to push Windows users to use Microsoft Word or Windows Notepad, as Microsoft claims:

“We recommend Microsoft Word for rich text documents such as .doc and .rtf and Windows Notepad for plain text documents such as .txt”

Additionally, according to a previous report, WordPad was expected to be removed in a future update, but this confirms that the application will be removed. Although the most popular may have been WordPad, it will not be the only old application that will be eliminated. It is believed that other apps such as Cortana, Mail, Calendar, Maps, People, and Movies & TV will also be removed.