Microsoft will remove the WordPad application which works as an alternative to MS Word, in the upcoming Windows 11 updates. The tech giant has decided to remove WordPad from the Windows operating system after 28 years after its first debut in 1995. Furthermore, the application will not be available for reinstalling on the operating system.
The news came up with the Windows Insider Blog with the latest Windows 11 Canary Channel build. The company has included its oldest word application to its list of Deprecated Features list on Windows. They have decided to add the software to the list as it no longer receives any new updates and has no scope to receive any changes soon.
WordPad Going Off of the Windows Operating System as Deprecated Feature
The application in its current state is still not removed from the stable version of Windows 11. The removal of the WordPad was seen only on the beta and developer versions of the Windows operating system. The WordPad was introduced as a successor to Microsoft Write with a few additional functionalities of MS Word.
The application worked as an advanced version of Notepad on the Windows operating system with many features. The company has been planning to make this move for a year along with the traditional Notepad application on the operating system. Notepad was much better in terms of updates than WordPad as it didn’t even receive the dark mode option.
As mentioned, Microsoft has listed this application as a deprecated feature since September 2023. Moreover, the company has started recommending users switch to the MS Word and Notepad applications as an alternative. Microsoft recommends users use Word for rich text documents like .doc and .rtf and Windows Notepad for plain text documents like .txt.
On the other hand, the decision to remove the application has raised mixed reactions among many users. The reactions were mostly from the people who mostly relied on the native application instead of the MS Office alternatives. People from different social media platforms have posted their opinions on this move and many people seem defensive of this decision.
What’s your take on the removal of WordPad from Windows 11? Do you still use the WordPad application for taking notes or writing? Share your views in the comments section.