Microsoft is discontinuing WordPad. Windows 95 has been removed from the new Windows 11 Canary build

Microsoft is discontinuing WordPad. Windows 95 has been removed from the new Windows 11 Canary build

Microsoft has finally released a new build of Windows 11 Canary with WordPad removed, Tom’s Hardware reports. The latest Windows 11 Canary build is available for download for Windows Insiders.

Microsoft has called WordPad a “deprecated feature” and will not include it in future releases of Windows 11.

“Starting with this build, WordPad and People will no longer install after a clean OS install. In the future, WordPad will be removed during an update. WordPad will not be reinstallable. WordPad is a deprecated Windows feature.” – the message says.

For many years, WordPad has been the main free text editor that has been part of the operating system since Windows 95 actually.

Many people prefer this text editor for creating and editing simple text documents. But Microsoft recommends another word processor instead.

“We recommend Microsoft Word for formatted text documents such as .doc and .rtf and Windows NotePad for plain text documents such as .txt”, – reported the company.

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26020 will also remove Cortana. This is not surprising, since Microsoft insists that Copilot AI will be more than just an assistant, so keyboard manufacturers should have a Copilot key. This key will be included in the line of revived peripherals.

Five years ago, Microsoft planned to remove Windows Paint, and Windows 10 Fall Creators Update was the first release without it. But the corporation relented due to popular demand, making the pixel drawing program available for installation through the Microsoft Store. MS Paint has since been significantly redesigned with Windows 11.

Maybe if there’s demand, Microsoft could do the same with WordPad. At best, we might see the corporation make WordPad available to install through its app store. Although there are many alternatives, WordPad was the default and had many more word processing features than NotePad.

WordPad is not the only component that Microsoft is removing from Windows. The company recently abandoned the Cortana voice assistant and announced the end of the Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT).

In addition, older transport layer security protocols will soon be disabled to make Windows 11 more secure.

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