Microsoft Announces Removal of WordPad from Future Windows Release

Microsoft Announces Upcoming Removal of WordPad from Windows

September 2, 2023 | WindowsUpdate

In a recent development, Microsoft has officially declared that WordPad will no longer be a part of the Windows operating system. According to the tech giant, WordPad, which has not received any updates for some time now, will be completely eliminated in a future release of Windows. This move comes as part of Microsoft’s drive to streamline their software offerings, focusing on more advanced and frequently updated applications.

For users who rely on WordPad for plain text files, Microsoft advises transitioning to alternative options such as Notepad, which excels at handling basic ‘.txt’ document files. Additionally, for more nuanced formatting requirements, Microsoft recommends using their flagship word processing software, Microsoft Word, capable of handling popular formats like ‘.doc’ and ‘.rtf’ for rich text files.

As of now, Microsoft has not disclosed specific details regarding the version of the operating system from which WordPad will be phased out, whether it be Windows 11 or Windows 10. Furthermore, the exact timing of this removal remains undisclosed.

However, for users utilizing WordPad, it is advisable to explore alternative solutions. One such option is Microsoft Word, which offers a comprehensive suite of features but comes at a cost. Alternatively, the technology company suggests Libre Office as a free and compatible application that provides similar functionalities.

September 2, 2023WindowsUpdate

MicrosoftIt has been announced that WordPad will be removed from Windows.Microsoft says:

WordPad is not currently being updated and will be removed in a future release of Windows. We recommend using Notepad for plain text such as “.txt” document files and Microsoft Word such as “.doc” and “.rtf” and rich text files.

No announcement has yet been made regarding the OS to be removed, such as Windows 11 or Windows 10, or the specific timing of the removal.

If you use WordPad, consider using Microsoft Word or the free Office-compatible application, Libre Office.

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