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Microsoft: Microsoft is ‘killing’ this 28 years old app on Windows, here’s how you’ll be affected

earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it plans to depreciate WordPad – an app that has been a part of windows operating system For about 28 years, Bleeping Computers reports.
When Microsoft will discontinue WordPad
has been a part of WordPad windows Operating systems since the days of Windows 95. It’s been almost 28 years since the app was first released. With the upcoming Windows update, Microsoft has announced its plans to discontinue native and free word processing apps.
According to the report, word processors will be discontinued in future Windows updates. He said, Microsoft has not yet confirmed any specific date for this.
Notably, Microsoft has already made WordPad an optional app since Windows 10 Insider Build 19551 update. This change has also been implemented in stable builds and users now have the option to uninstall apps through Windows’ optional features control panel.
What options will users have besides WordPad?
There is no dearth of word processing apps and services today. There are many open source word processors available in the market. Some of them are completely free. Talking about Windows, Microsoft has its own Notepad app for basic word processing or Microsoft Word for advanced word processing (requires Microsoft 365 subscription). Then there is Google Docs which lets users edit any word file format online without downloading any separate app on the device.
Then there is LibreOffice, zoho docsWPS Office and many other third-party word processing apps.
How will it affect users?
First and foremost, we don’t know very many people who use WordPad as their word processing software. Although there are few users who rely on it, they will have ample options going forward. Meaning, WordPad being devalued won’t have much of an impact on users.

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