Microsoft is killing off WordPad in Windows

Microsoft has announced the end of WordPad in Windows, the program will not receive updates moving forward.


  • Microsoft has quietly announced the end of WordPad for Windows, and is encouraging users to switch to Microsoft Word or Notepad to edit text in different formats.
  • Although WordPad has a long history, it has become outdated compared to other software solutions that offer more information and capabilities.
  • Users can now easily manage rich files through the Office web applications or use open source suites like LibreOffice to edit local documents.

It seems that the era of deprecations and removals in terms of software developed by technology is great. A few days ago, Microsoft surprisingly announced that it was killing Visual Studio for Mac. Prior to this, it also revealed a list of sunset features for Microsoft Edge, at the same time that Google also announced the end of the Pixel Pass subscription. Now, Microsoft has decided to remove WordPad from Windows.

As we have seen Neowin, Microsoft has quietly updated one of its support documents to signal that WordPad has reached the end of the road on Windows. The software will not be updated and will be completely removed in a “future release” of the operating system. The company still shows the exact time of the process, but it has encouraged customers who want to open rich text extensions such as .doc and .rtf to move to Microsoft Word, and for those who use plain text in .txt. Change the view to add Notepad instead.

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It’s hard to say whether this move will affect a large portion of Windows users. As Microsoft has said, there are alternatives to WordPad out there. That said, these apps have some old features; it shipped with Windows 95 along with the first version of Internet Explorer. It replaced Microsoft Write as the default word processor that came with Windows, nearly three decades ago.

Although WordPad has received minor updates over the years, it is still lagging behind as its functionality has been easily surpassed by other, and better, programs. It would be useful for people who want a free word processor that can handle heavy files, but even this can be improved through the Office programs that are available for free in the cloud. Those who prefer to use software that is installed locally on their machine can also use open source suites like LibreOffice.

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