Microsoft has announced that it will stop supporting WordPad and remove the text editor from Windows, writes Bleeping Computer.
WordPad allows users to create and edit documents with formatted text, as well as include images and links to other files. It has been automatically installed on Windows systems since 1995, when Windows 95 was introduced.
“WordPad is no longer being updated and will be removed in a future release of Windows,” Microsoft said. “We recommend Microsoft Word for rich text documents like .doc and .rtf and Windows Notepad for plain text documents like .txt.”
This comes as no surprise, given that the program has been an optional feature of Windows since Windows 10 Insider Build 19551 was released in February 2020.
Although it is still installed by default on all Windows systems, it is now possible to remove it using the Advanced Features control panel.
However, Microsoft may move WordPad to its app store if enough people request that the program be kept.