Microsoft has announced that it plans to remove Wordpad from Windows after 30 years. Wordpad is a basic text editor that was first introduced in Windows 1.0 in 1985. It has been included in every version of Windows since then, but it has been overshadowed by more powerful word processors like Microsoft Word. Microsoft says that it is removing Wordpad because it is no longer used by many people. In a blog post, the company said that "Wordpad is a legacy application that is rarely used by most Windows customers." It also said that "the features of Wordpad are available in other Microsoft products, such as Microsoft Office and Microsoft Edge." The removal of Wordpad is not the first time that Microsoft has retired a legacy application. In recent years, the company has also discontinued Paint, Reader, and Groove Music.
Some people are disappointed by the news of Wordpad's removal from the future release of Windows. They argue that it is a simple and easy-to-use text editor that is perfect for basic tasks like writing letters or taking notes. Others say that it is a useful tool for students and casual users who do not need the features of a full-blown word processor. However, Microsoft is confident that removing Wordpad from Windows will not have a significant impact on most Windows users. The company says that "there are many other great options available for people who need to create or edit documents." Wordpad will be removed from Windows 11 in the first half of 2023. Users who still need a basic text editor can use Microsoft Notepad or MS Word Online.
History of the Beloved Microsoft Feature
As Microsoft is set to remove Wordpad, here is a quick look at its history:
WordPad was introduced in Windows 95 in 1995. It replaced Microsoft Write, which came with all previous versions of Windows (version 3.11 and earlier).It was known as a advanced text editor than Notepad, until MS Word came into the picture. It can be used to create and edit documents, including text with different fonts and colors, insert pictures, and add links to other files.WordPad was developed by Microsoft and is included with all versions of Windows. It is a free software application.
Here is a brief timeline of the history of WordPad:
- 1985: Microsoft Write is introduced in Windows 1.0.
- 1995: WordPad is introduced in Windows 95.
- 2000: WordPad is updated in Windows Me to support Office Open XML (OOXML) format.
- 2007: WordPad is updated in Windows Vista to support the Ribbon user interface.
- 2012: WordPad is updated in Windows 8 to support touch screen devices.
- 2023: Microsoft announces that it plans to remove WordPad from Windows 11.
WordPad has been a popular tool for basic word processing tasks for many years. The removal of Microsoft’s oldest feature from Windows 11 is a sign that the company is shifting its focus to cloud-based productivity apps like Microsoft Office 365. Let's hope we gain some more productive apps from the Windows giant, after Wordpad departs.