After three decades of existence, WordPad, the popular text processor, is saying goodbye to Windows users. Microsoft has announced that WordPad will no longer be automatically installed with the new OS version and will be permanently removed in future updates. […]
After three decades of existence, WordPad, the popular text processor, is saying goodbye to Windows users. Microsoft has announced that WordPad will no longer be automatically installed with the new OS version and will be permanently removed in future updates.
WordPad has been the default application since its introduction with the Windows 95 operating system, inheriting the previous text editing application, OG Microsoft Write. This text processor was positioned in two ways: as a text editor with some MS Word functionalities, but also as an advanced version of Notepad, a text editor first published in 1983, two years before the release of the first version of Windows.
Microsoft recommends the use of Microsoft Word for working with complex textual documents in .doc and .rtf formats, while Notepad is suitable for plain text documents in .txt format. This announcement suggests that Microsoft has probably realized that WordPad is nothing more than a “strange middle ground between Word and Notepad” and its removal won’t be significant.
WordPad is definitely one of those Windows applications that you would think will forever be a part of the most popular operating system for PC computers. However, there is a possibility that Microsoft had more serious reasons for removing this long-standing text editor.
1. What was the role of WordPad?
WordPad was a text processor that combined the functionalities of MS Word and Notepad.
2. How will WordPad be used moving forward?
WordPad will be removed from the Windows 11 operating system, and Microsoft recommends using Microsoft Word for more complex textual documents and Notepad for plain text documents.
3. Will WordPad be available in future versions of Windows?
No, according to Microsoft’s announcement, WordPad will be permanently removed from Windows.