This story has been updated.
On Monday, several people who grew up trying to master the often frustrating yet magical design program that is Microsoft Paint. mourned its potential loss.
But Microsoft announced Monday evening that the beloved computer painting program would be saved — as a separate, free downloadable app available in the Windows store.
“Today, we’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint,” the company wrote in a blog post. “If there’s anything we learned, it’s that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans. It’s been amazing to see so much love for our trusty old app. Amidst today’s commentary around MS Paint we wanted to take this opportunity to set the record straight, clear up some confusion and share some good news: MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free.”
In its April Windows 10 Creators Update, the company debuted a 3D-imaging tool called Microsoft Paint 3D, which, Microsoft said Monday, will have many of Paint’s photo-editing tools.
Before Microsoft chimed in to ease fan frustrations, the company’s list of features expected to be “removed or deprecated” in its next Windows 10 Creators Update, naming the beloved MS Paint under the deprecated column for programs “not in active development and that “might be removed in future releases,” Twitter users went bonkers.
Many shared their disbelief with heartfelt tributes and low-quality illustrated digital art created on MS Paint.
R.I.P. Microsoft paint. You will always be remembered.— LEON10579 (@leon10579) July 24, 2017
Microsoft Paint was as defining an element of my childhood (and beyond). I will miss it, regardless of whatever flaws it had.— Cory (@corybthosaurus) July 24, 2017
Microsoft Paint has passed away. RIP u will live on forever. Cant believe it. I wanna run to u. Really cant believe this. @— Kloppooooo (@SiemprePossible) July 24, 2017
Brother Graw Mad is inconsolable over the loss of MS Paint. Let's all pour a little libation outta our Paint Bucket Tools today. pic.twitter.com/8B2yYB8DwM— Strong Bad (@StrongBadActual) July 24, 2017
Though Paint was listed as “deprecated,” Microsoft hasn’t announced when exactly it will be removed or if we’ll ever see a version of the legendary image-editing app few could master again.