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Microsoft retires its Wordpad app

The application was never a hit or a meme, so it should go

04.Sep.23 8:57 AM
By Shawn Highstraw
Photo Microsoft


Microsoft retires its Wordpad app
Microsoft is pulling the plug on the Windows application Wordpad, as announced in an update on its website. The tech giant stated that Wordpad will no longer receive updates and will be removed from the operating system in a future update. Microsoft did not provide further explanation for this decision. Word and Notepad are offered as alternatives.

Wordpad has been part of the Windows ecosystem since the Windows 95 edition. The application, which allows users to open and edit text files without many frills, has been around for 28 years.

Microsoft made the application optional in 2020, even though it was still included by default in Windows. This change allowed users to completely remove Wordpad if they wished. It's worth noting that the classic Paint application has also not been included as a default part of Windows for some time, although users can still download it separately from the Microsoft Store.

It's unclear whether Wordpad will remain accessible in a similar manner.

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