After fears the software would be gone forever, Microsoft has announced Paint will be available to download for free from the Windows Store (but not in the latest Windows update).

Yesterday the internet was abuzz with the news of the potential death of Microsoft Paint, but although it’s lined up to be culled from the latest update, it won’t completely vanish.

Although the basic graphics editing software was never offering premium art software, it gathered many fans over the years who were sad to see it added to the list of applications to be culled from the Windows 10 Creators update.

On the Windows 10 blog, an official statement was released by Megan Saunders, general manager 3D for Everyone Initiative, Windows Experiences, who put the rumours to bed.

"MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free," the blog post states.

After an "incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia" of the "trusty old app", Microsoft cleared up the confusion.

However, the good news didn’t come without a push towards using Paint 3D, which will also be available for free with the Window 10 Creators update.

"Many of the MS Paint features people know and love like photo editing, line and curve tools, and 2D creation are in Paint 3D," the blog post explains.

Paint, alongside Outlook Express, Reader app and Reading List, will be removed or 'deprecated' after 32 years, but the official death date is yet to be confirmed. With its iconically simple interface Paint was first released in 1985 and has remained a core part of Windows until now, when it will shift to the Windows Store.

 Although I remember creating hours of 'artwork' in my earliest years in primary school using Paint, there are people like Jim (Jim'll paint it) who paint beautiful pictures for people for free using Paint. 

So what can you do in Paint 3D? 

Much like the title suggests, and in line with our increasingly immersive and digital environments, users will be able to doodle, sketch and create cartoon-like 3D objects and scenes, importing in and sharing digital assets with other fellow artists.

Realistic textures like hardwood and soft grass will also be available, and you’ll even be able to export a video of your creative process to show others. 

Find out more on how to use Microsoft Paint 3D here.