Microsoft makes plans to remove the WordPad software from their upcoming Windows operating system releases. The company has taken this move to make users shift to their more advanced Microsoft Word. The tech giant will not provide any updates or bring any new advancements for the WordPad from the next iteration of Windows.
The Microsoft WordPad was first brought on the Windows 95 operating system 30 years ago in 1995. Now, it’s the end time for the WordPad as the company has a better alternative that features a much more intuitive and feature-rich interface. WordPad arrived as a free and basic word processor and continued to come pre-installed as software on every Windows update.
Microsoft Will Soon Unplug the Support for WordPad on Windows
Microsoft first brought the WordPad as a free word-processing tool as a part of the Windows 95 operating system. The software was last updated during the release of Windows 7 which included a Ribbon UI. Without the Ribbon UI interface, the WordPad looked outdated and was not the best looking when compared with the current user interface.
On Friday, Microsoft’s team officially announced on a support note that they would not provide further support to the software. However, Microsoft has started encouraging the use of their paid word processor software MS Word which includes more features and comes as a part of an Office 365 subscription.
Moreover, the tech giant has brought Notepad as an alternative but it doesn’t feature the rich text document like the WordPad. The Notepad that was brought by Microsoft comes with only a limited version of .txt and fewer features. Thus, Microsoft made plans to remove the WordPad to make more users switch to Word along with other Office 365 applications.
The Notepad software will now get updated with a few latest quirks. These features can raise the usability of the software a bit better. The development team working on the new Notepad version will bring the autosave and automatic revival of the tabs. The Windows 11 version of Notepad has received the tabs options on Notepad and now it brings auto save and restoration.
Microsoft has started working on its upcoming operating system Windows 12 after its aesthetically good-looking Windows 11 update. The brand has recently pulled down its Cortana voice assistant and updated its Bing search engine with ChatGPT. This has led to increased efficiency and a more intuitive search experience.
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