MS Paint and the Capture Tool are now available on the Microsoft Store

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MS Paint will now be available on the Microsoft Store with Snipping Tool. These two apps weren’t available before, but can now be updated through the Microsoft Store. The changes will be part of the Windows 10 Insider preview which will include customization options for News and Interests in the taskbar, improvements to display settings, new camera settings, as well as many minor improvements and fixes to the user interface. As it is currently part of the developer version, expect new improvements and fixes to be released to the regular version of Windows soon.

Microsoft announced in a blog post on Wednesday that MS Paint and Snipping Tool will be available on the Microsoft Store so that they can be regularly updated. Since 2017, Microsoft has been trying to move MS Paint users to Paint 3D by introducing it with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Since then, Microsoft has never removed MS Paint from Windows, but the new version of Windows 10 Preview Build 21354 will allow users to update the app from the Store.

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“MS Paint can now be updated through the Microsoft Store outside of major operating system updates,” the blog post read. “It also has a new icon and has been promoted from the Windows Accessories folder to its own place in the Start menu.” Regarding Snipping Tool, Microsoft said, “Snipping Tool can now be updated through the Microsoft Store outside of major operating system updates. It was packed with Snip & Sketch so we could provide updates for both at the same time. It was also promoted from the Windows Accessories folder to its own place in the Start menu. Microsoft is also merging Snip & Sketch with Snipping Tool, and users who don’t have the first one will see the last one removed with the update. They should then install Snip & Sketch from the Store to grab it.

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Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that Paint 3D and the 3D Viewer will not be included in new installations of Windows. However, the apps will be available through the Microsoft Store.


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