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    • #1908972 Reply

      Da Boss

      Now that’s an improvement at least one person will appreciate. Here’s the official word on the latest Windows  20H1 beta build (due in the first half
      [See the full post at: Stop the presses: Notepad will be available in the Store]

    • #1908983 Reply

      Rick Corbett

      Woot! Woot!… oh, wait. Seriously? Is this what Windows 10 improvements have sunk to? 🙁

      Umm… isn’t Notepad a built-in applet? Are MS removing it from the OS to make it only available from its failed Store? How many more mistakes can MS make (especially when Notepad ++ is so much better)?

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      • #1909076 Reply


        Lack of features in Notepad is one of its best selling points.  It starts like nothing, and for making basic notes or outlines it allows me to do this without messing around with my Notepad++ views and workspaces.  Same when dealing with small config or log files.

      • #1909113 Reply

        Rick Corbett

        A sane person would expect a company to work to improve its failures, not bork its successes… but then again, it’s Microsoft. Ah, well…

    • #1909050 Reply


      Should’ve just left it as it was.   Notepad’s best feature is that it always works no matter what, pretty much.  Sounds like that won’t be the case for long…

    • #1909072 Reply


      Does this mean Notepad will be removed from Windows 10 and has to be downloaded from the MS Store, or does it just mean updates will come through the store?

      • #1909093 Reply

        Da Boss

        Nobody knows for sure, but my guess is that it’ll be an automatically installed UWP app – kind of like Edge is supposed to be, at some point.

        Talk about planned obsolescence.

        • #1909117 Reply

          Rick Corbett

          MS has apparently lost the plot with UWP, as with so much other ‘new’ stuff it’s tried and failed with. Any developers left?

          Perhaps try going back to just a stable OS?

          Just a thought…

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        • #1909290 Reply


          It will be like Store itself, inbox App but not System App like Edge

          meaning, next Server and Enterprise LTSC cannot get it

          they should adopt Notepad3 or Notepad++ instead

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    • #1909131 Reply


      Do the folks over at Microsoft really believe that anyone who has disabled the store via group policies will re-enable just for Notepad? Microsoft has become a running gag, that’s for sure.

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    • #1910247 Reply

      Da Boss

      .. and the one person I know who will really care (sort of) just blogged about it:

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      • #1910351 Reply


        As I see it, that looks like a marketing driven reason to get The MS store more traffic and also smacks of future Notepad feature creep, including Cloud Integration!

        One must be more receptive to the constant writing on the wall with respect to MS’s end game and the inevitable shift towards a subscription service model across all of MS’s OS/productivity offerings. And that includes cloud integration of spelling features that are not only there for just for helping with only spelling.

        I’ll remain on LibreOffice for the most part and on windows 7/8.1 until 2023 as well but I’ll be hoping for some more affordable AMD Zen/Vega APU laptop  options from the Linux OS based laptop OEMs going forward for my new laptop purchases. Intel/Nvidia are rather costly for my budget and that makes the current costs of Linux OS based OEM laptop a little too high.



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    • #1910425 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Is not Notepad just a single executable??


      Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.
      • #1910589 Reply

        Rick Corbett

        Is not Notepad just a single executable??

        Only currently, just a mere ~240KB… by this time next year no doubt it’ll be a 20-30MB behemoth UWP mega-app that does far less than at present. As the saying goes, “stupid is as stupid does”.

        • This reply was modified 2 months, 4 weeks ago by  Rick Corbett.
        • #1911502 Reply


          That is what will happen, UWP apps are flawed by design. The whole framework is a failure for typical desktop use.
          Notepad will join the fate of apps like Calculator, taking up to one minute to start or sometimes not starting at all.
          This is definitely another step backwards.

    • #1910855 Reply

      AskWoody MVP

      I think the more “stuff” that is decoupled from the Windows release cycle the better off we all will be. The “stuff” (aka, apps/programs) can be updated as needed and the Windows download/install becomes simpler and cleaner. Microsoft deserves to be bashed for many things but even let’s see what happens with this. I’m pretty sure this won’t be the last app to be decoupled.


    • #1910892 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      More interesting news, from windowslatest website, a quote:

      “Microsoft is planning to offer both Microsoft Paint and WordPad as an ‘Optional’ feature with Windows 10’s Spring 2020 update. In Build 18963 of Windows 10 20H1, which is the next major update for the operating system that will arrive in the first half of next year, both Microsoft Paint and WordPad have become optional features.”

      Kinda makes one wonder what is going on, maybe? …

      • #1911547 Reply


        Microsoft is attempting to force people to use the store application.

    • #1911482 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      once again another reason for my moving to Debian and my quest to get off of the neverending MS messing with things that work until they start not working.  followed by many hours of trying to fix their s****ups


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