Microsoft is phasing out WordPad, a Windows rich editing app that has been a part of the platform since Windows 95. The company has officially listed it as a deprecated feature, indicating that it will be removed in a future version of Windows.
This change was first noted by BleepingComputer and has been confirmed in Microsoft’s list of deprecated Windows features.
According to Wikipedia, WordPad was introduced in Windows 95 as a replacement for Microsoft Write. However, it has not received significant updates over the years, unlike Notepad which has seen new features. The concept of a “rich text editor” may also no longer be relevant, as there are other text editors like Notepad or Notepad++ and word processors like Microsoft Word.
Microsoft recommends using Microsoft Word for rich text documents (.doc and .rtf) and Notepad for plain text documents (.txt).
There is no specific timeline mentioned for the removal of WordPad. However, it is unlikely that users will protest its elimination like they did with Microsoft Paint. WordPad’s time has come to an end.