Microsoft farewells legacy apps in future Windows 10 updates

As the next round of updates for the current Microsoft Windows 10 operating system near us, the company has published a list of legacy features that are being removed from currently supported and future versions of the OS product.

Following 32 years of inclusion within the Operating System, Windows Paint is on the list for potentially being retired along with Outlook Express and the humble old Screen Savers.

Microsoft’s reasons for the removal of the software is down to legacy code that has not been updated and has been hanging around the operating system for a significant period of time, along with the fact that many third-party tools have negated the need for the tools to be still made available.

Given the list of phased out tools is quite extensive, the changes won’t be immediately evident and users will notice them being made in multiple software updates over the next few months.

Features to be removed when Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is made available:

• 3D Builder app
• Apndatabase.xml
• Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)
• Outlook Express
• Reader app
• Reading List
• Screen savers in Themes
• Syskey.exe
• TCP Offload Engine
• Tile Data Layer
• Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Owner Password Management

Additionally,  features marked as deprecated, and likely to be removed in a future version of Windows 10:

• IIS 6 Management Compatibility
• IIS Digest Authentication
• Microsoft Paint
• RSA/AES Encryption for IIS
• Sync Your Settings
• Screen savers in Themes
• System Image Backup (SIB) Solution
• TLS RC4 Ciphers
• Trusted Platform Module (TPM): TPM.msc and TPM Remote Management
• Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Remote Management
• Windows Hello for Business deployment that uses System Centre Configuration Manager
• Windows PowerShell 2.0

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