Microsoft has announced that it will deprecate WordPad, a basic text-editing application that has been included with Windows since 1995. The app will no longer be supported with new features or security updates and will be removed from Windows in a future release.
- WordPad is being deprecated. This means the app will no longer be supported with new features or security updates.
- WordPad will be removed from Windows in a future release. This is most likely the Windows 12 version that is expected to be released in 2024.
- Microsoft recommends that users needing a more powerful word processor switch to Microsoft Word, a paid app. Alternatively, users can use the free text editor Notepad.
There are a few reasons why Microsoft is deprecating WordPad. First, the app has not been significantly updated in many years. The last major update was in 2007 with Windows Vista. Second, Microsoft is trying to move users to its cloud-based productivity suite, Microsoft 365. This suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other apps, and it is available on various devices.
WordPad users will still be able to use the app after it is deprecated. However, they will not be able to get new features or security updates for the app. You can switch to Microsoft Word or another third-party app if you need a more powerful word processor.
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