Microsoft has confirmed the removal of WordPad in the upcoming release of Windows 11
Microsoft has said that it has no plans to make WordPad in Windows 11 a “reinstallable” feature, and it will be removed in a future update release.
Those who installed Windows 11 Build 26020 or later, available in the Canary channel, have already noticed this change.
Starting with this version, Microsoft disabled WordPad and People.
A note in the support document says that WordPad will also be removed from production builds. It’s unclear when that will happen, but it’s likely that the company is targeting the Windows Hudson Valley update.
Now the IT giant offers to use Microsoft Word or NotePad. “We recommend Microsoft Word for rich text documents like .doc and .rtf and NotePad for plain text documents like .txt,” the tech giant noted.
Microsoft will also not allow users to reinstall WordPad after uninstalling it from the OS. Notepad is not available in the Microsoft Store.
The company is also phasing out support for the People and Steps Recorder apps.
Previously, users of Windows 11 OS in the reviews of the Microsoft feedback center began to complain en masse about the removal of WordPad, as “this program is faster than MS Word.”