Microsoft shares ‘nostalgic’ backgrounds including the most nostalgic software, Paint

In a recent blog post, Microsoft encouraged everyone to “get nostalgic” with new Microsoft Teams backgrounds. The backgrounds feature highlights from Windows’ legacy such as the ‘splainy paperclip Clippy, Microsoft Solitaire, and that one grassy field that was everyone’s wallpaper in the early noughties.

Credit where it’s due—they’re nice looking backgrounds, certainly desktop wallpaper material if you don’t like to have arty video call backgrounds. My sticking point is with part of the accompanying blurb for the Paint-inspired background: “A product of the 1980s, Paint was first introduced in November 1985 as part of the first version of Windows, Windows 1.0. And while the original Paint is still loved by many artists in the making, its successor Paint 3D was eventually released in 2017.”

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