Microsoft is deprecating its WordPad software program from Home windows, resulting in the tip of a decades-old staple, the corporate introduced on Friday. WordPad will not be accessible on future variations of Home windows and Microsoft says it is going to not replace current software program.
WordPad was first launched practically 30 years in the past for Home windows 95, however in 2020, it was downgraded to an non-obligatory function, that means customers may select to delete WordPad from their system.
Microsoft redirected customers to Microsoft Phrase and Home windows NotePad as an alternative choice to the now-defunct WordPad. In a blog post itemizing its deprecated options, the corporate stated: “WordPad is not being up to date and can be eliminated in a future launch of Home windows.” It continued: “We suggest Microsoft Phrase for wealthy textual content paperwork like .doc and .rtf and Home windows Notepad for plain textual content paperwork like .txt.”
Microsoft didn’t clarify within the put up why it’s eradicating WordPad and didn’t instantly reply to Gizmodo’s request for extra data.
This system was a free function that might be used as a alternative for Microsoft Phrase, which requires a paid subscription plan to obtain the software program. Whereas WordPad has a lot of the identical primary performance as Phrase, it doesn’t embody obligator options equivalent to spellcheck.
The corporate just lately launched updates for Notepad, which can be free, and famous in its put up that “new variations [of Windows] additionally take away options and performance, actually because they’ve added a more recent choice.”
Earlier this 12 months, Microsoft additionally disabled its voice-assistant software, Cortana, and changed it with voice entry software program for customers to “management their PC and writer textual content utilizing their voice.”