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WordPad becomes a thing of the past as Microsoft bids farewell to its “classic” application

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After nearly three decades, WordPad, one of Microsoft’s “classic” applications, is finally becoming a thing of the past. In the latest Windows 11 Build 26020 Insider Preview, available in the Canary Channel, Microsoft announced that WordPad will no longer be […]

WordPad odlazi u istoriju: Konacno se oprostaj od Microsoftove “klasicne” aplikacije

After nearly three decades, WordPad, one of Microsoft’s “classic” applications, is finally becoming a thing of the past. In the latest Windows 11 Build 26020 Insider Preview, available in the Canary Channel, Microsoft announced that WordPad will no longer be automatically installed after installing the new operating system and will be removed in a future update. This marks the definitive end for this text editor.

WordPad has been a standard Microsoft application since the time of Windows 95. As the successor to the original Microsoft Write, WordPad was initially positioned as a text editor with some functionalities similar to MS Word, but also as an advanced version of Notepad, which was introduced around 40 years ago in 1983.

According to a post on the Microsoft Learn website about deprecated features for Windows clients, the company states, “For rich formatted text documents such as .doc and .rtf, we recommend Microsoft Word, and for plain text documents such as .txt, we recommend Windows Notepad.” This suggests that WordPad was somewhat of a compromise between MS Word and Notepad, and that it can now be let go. However, there is a possibility that there may have been another, more concrete reason for the removal of this editor.

GeekWire also points out that they have noticed WordPad did not receive an update for dark mode, which could be a signal for its discontinuation. This becomes clearer when compared to the recent dark mode update for Notepad and the announced upcoming auto-save feature update.

Another long-standing Windows application, People, will also be discontinued in this update, mainly due to the majority of its functionalities (especially contact management) being moved to Outlook for Windows.

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