Microsoft has announced that it will kill the classic Windows WordPad app after 28 years of service. The app will be removed from Windows 11, and users will be encouraged to use the newer Microsoft Word app instead.
Windows WordPad is a basic word-processing app that was first released in 1995. It is a lightweight app that is perfect for simple tasks such as creating documents, editing text, and formatting fonts. However, it has been largely overshadowed by Microsoft Word, which is a more powerful and feature-rich word-processing app.
Microsoft will continue to support the classic Windows WordPad app until October 2023
WordPad is no longer being updated and will be removed in a future release of Windows. We recommend Microsoft Word for rich text documents like .doc and .rtf and Windows Notepad for plain text documents like .txt.
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Windows WordPad was first released in 1995 as a basic word-processing app for Windows. It was designed to be a simpler alternative to Microsoft Word, and it quickly became a popular tool for users who needed to create simple documents.
However, WordPad has not been updated significantly in many years. As a result, it has become increasingly outdated and lacking in features compared to modern word-processing apps.
Microsoft says that it will continue to support the classic WordPad app until October 2023, after which it will be removed from Windows. Users who still need a basic word processing app will be able to use Microsoft Office Word or the free online version of Office, Microsoft Word Online.
The removal of WordPad from Windows 11 is likely to be met with some criticism from users who prefer the simplicity of the app. However, it is clear that Microsoft is no longer committed to supporting WordPad.