WordPad, the simple text-editing software that has been a fixture of Windows since its inception, has been discontinued by Microsoft. This is a significant shift in the company’s software offerings. This decision, which follows Microsoft’s redesign of Notepad, will see WordPad phased out in future Windows releases, most likely commencing with Windows 12, which is scheduled to be released in 2024.
A report claims that even while the software has been pre-installed on Windows computers since it was created, it changed to an optional feature in 2020, allowing users to decide whether or not to use it. This shift hinted at Microsoft’s broader strategy to reevaluate and update its software lineup.
When we look at Microsoft’s larger word-processing software strategy, their justifications become evident. WordPad has always trailed behind Microsoft Word and Notepad, in terms of features and functionalities, although being adequate for simple text editing jobs.
The move to phase out WordPad is undoubtedly part of the plan to focus on Microsoft Word as the premier word-processing solution for its users. While Word comes with a price tag, it offers an array of advanced features, including document collaboration, advanced formatting options, and extensive template libraries. Microsoft Word has evolved into a powerful tool for professionals, students, and creatives alike.
The company is also encouraging users to look into exploring Microsoft Notepad. A generic text editor included with all versions of Windows that let you create, open, and read plain text files with a .txt file extension.
In a support note from Microsoft, it said,
WordPad is no longer being updated and will be removed in a future release of Windows. We recommend Microsoft Word for rich text documents like .doc and .rtf and Windows Notepad for plain text documents like .txt.
Microsoft Windows 12 version expected to be packed with AI-powered features
While all eyes are on what’s next, it’s still too early to provide a comprehensive overview of Windows 12, the rumoured successor to Windows 11, expected to debut in 2024. However, glimpses and leaks have offered intriguing insights into the direction the company may take with this significant update.
Though the tech company has not officially confirmed Windows 12, reports have hinted at a concept for what could be the next iteration of Windows. This featured notable changes, such as a floating taskbar and the relocation of system icons, such as Wi-Fi and battery indicators, to the top of the screen.
Additionally, a weather widget was showcased, hinting at a design reminiscent of macOS and some Linux distributions. These alterations suggest a more streamlined and modern user interface, aligning with contemporary design trends.
Another exciting development is Windows Copilot, initially expected to debut on Windows 11. However, it is poised to become a more integral component of Windows 12. This AI-powered feature promises to enhance user experiences by providing proactive assistance and support, potentially revolutionizing how users interact with their operating system.
Furthermore, recent reports have shed light on an array of AI-driven features within Windows apps. Another report also uncovered a bunch of AI features in Windows apps, like an image creator for Paint and OCR support in the Camera app.
It is unclear if these enhancements are reserved for the anticipated Windows 12, however, it underscores the company’s commitment to harnessing AI to empower users and streamline their daily computing tasks.
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