Microsoft to Forgo WordPad for Windows Users: Here’s More Info


Microsoft has been constantly updating and improving its operating system to meet the evolving needs of its users. In line with this, Microsoft has decided to discontinue WordPad, a text editing application that has been a part of their operating system for 30 years.

WordPad will be Replaced by Microsoft Word-

WordPad, a standard word processor application, has been a popular choice for users who need basic text editing capabilities. WordPad was introduced alongside Windows 95 and has been included in every version of Windows since 1995.

However, with the advancements in technology and the availability of more sophisticated word processing software, Microsoft has chosen to discontinue in favour of the premium, richly equipped Microsoft Word, a product that is a part of the Office 365 subscription.

In a support document, Microsoft stated that WordPad will no longer receive updates or new features. As stated in the document, “WordPad is no longer being updated and will be removed in a future release of Windows. We recommend Mcrofost Word for rich text documents like .doc and .rtf and Windows Notepad for plain text documents like .txt.”

This decision to remove WordPad comes after Microsoft’s announcement of upgrading its Notepad features. The upgraded Notepad will include features such as automatic saving and retracting tabs. Unlike WordPad, Notepad is restricted to .txt. and does not support rich text formats like .doc and .rtf.

Users who still prefer the simplicity of WordPad can continue using it until it is officially phased out, but it is recommended to transition to Microsoft Word for a more comprehensive and efficient word-processing experience.

As part of an effort to streamline the number of File Explorer settings on Windows 11, Microsoft removed a few of the outdated options from the Folder Options section in June.

This decision reflects Microsoft’s commitment to providing innovative and efficient tools for its users, ensuring that they have access to the best possible software solutions.

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Anam Khan

Anam is a journalism student with a penchant for writing. In this tech-driven world, she is having quite fun exploring the intersection of journalism and technology. She enjoys experimenting with various digital tools and platforms to enhance her storytelling skills. Apart from that, she finds solace and joy in the playful antics of her beloved cat, creating cherished moments of companionship and laughter.

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