Microsoft Kills WordPad After 28 Years Of Service

Microsoft Kills WordPad After 28 Years Of Service

Microsoft Kills WordPad After 28 Years Of Service

Microsoft has announced that the word processing app that comes with all versions of Windows since Windows 95, is officially dead. The app will be deprecated after a future Windows Update, which the company didn’t specify the exact timeline for.

WordPad is a basic rich-text format word processor that allows for basic text editing, include images and links – however, as Microsoft Word is virtually ubiquitous in all systems (and Google Docs taking over the consumer base that prefers a free but vastly more powerful option), the 28-year-old application has seen very little use and purpose. “We recommend Microsoft Word for rich text documents like .doc and .rtf and Windows Notepad for plain text documents like .txt,” Microsoft stated in the support page.

As BleepingComputer noted, the application had already been less prominent in Windows 10 as it was put as an optional feature – which can be disabled by going through the “Optional features” setting in the Control Panel. It’s also susceptible to DLL hijacking flaw, which has seen Qbot malware exploiting the loophole and infected various systems as utilizes the flaw to evade detections.

Pokdepinion: I doubt many people know WordPad exists – not many people is going to miss it (unlike Paint). 

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