Exploring Alternatives as Microsoft Removes WordPad from Windows

Exploring Alternatives as Microsoft Removes WordPad from Windows

Users are expected to have only a limited timeframe left to utilize WordPad

 
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Microsoft has recently revealed plans to discontinue WordPad and several other features within the Windows operating system. However, the initial support document did not clarify which specific versions of Windows will be affected by these removals. As per the official page, WordPad is scheduled to be removed from all versions of Windows, starting from Windows 11, version 24H2, as well as Windows Server 2025.

As WordPad is being removed, the operating system (OS) will also see the deletion of the following files: wordpad.exe, wordpadfilter.dll, and write.exe. Users are expected to have only a limited timeframe left to utilize WordPad, as the imminent release of version 24H approaches. As concerns are sparked by the news, specialists suggest that alternative options like the latest edition of Notepad, Google Docs, and the Office 365 suite are available.

Experts recommend that users may need some time to get used to the new changes. Windows will discontinue the inclusion of a built-in, default RTF reader. As per an official report, Microsoft has advised utilizing Microsoft Word for rich text documents such as .doc and .rtf, and opting for Notepad for plain text documents like .txt, at least temporarily.

Furthermore, VBScript will be accessible as a feature before eventually being phased out in the future. At first, the VBScript feature is anticipated to come preinstalled, providing continuous usability as users transition in preparation for the retirement of VBScript. Some hold the belief that the forthcoming version will improve the security features of Windows.

Source- Financial Express

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