Microsoft is pulling the plug on WordPad, the basic word processor that’s been included in Windows for more than two decades. The company has added the app to its list of deprecated features, saying it is “no longer being updated and will be removed in a future release of Windows.”

In other recent tech news from around the web, details about AMD’s next-gen mobile processors have started to leak, Lenovo has unveiled the first gaming laptop with an integrated liquid cooling system, and Honor is showing off a concept folding phone that’s also a fashion accessory thanks to a purse-like design.


Microsoft adds WordPad to its list of deprecated features [Microsoft]

Microsoft WordPad is not long for this world. Microsoft has ended development of the basic word processor/document viewer app and will remove it from future releases of Windows. It’s been around since Windows 95.

While the company recommends Notepad for viewing and editing plain text (.txt) files, and Microsoft Word for rich text documents (.rtf and .docx), there are plenty of other alternatives. Personally I use NotePad++ as a feature-rich alternative to Notepad, and LibreOffice as a free and open source alternative to Word and other Microsoft Office apps, but if you’re just looking for a lightweight word processor, AbiWord is a also a pretty good option. 

The King of Cool: Lenovo Introduces the Legion 9i, the World’s First AI-Tuned Gaming Laptop with Integrated Liquid-Cooling System [Lenovo]

The new Lenovo Legion 9i 16″ 8th-gen gaming laptop is the first with a self-contained liquid cooling system. Other features include a 3200 x 2000px. 165 Hz mini LED display, Core i9-13900HX CPU, RTX 4090 graphics, and 99.99 Wh battery.

Leaked Details of AMD Ryzen 8000 12-core Zen5 “Strix Point” APU with 16 RDNA3.5 Compute Units [Guru3D]

AMD Ryzen 8050 “Strix Point” mobile processor leak suggests up to 12 cores (4 x Zen 5 + 8 x Zen5C) and up to 16-core RNDA 3.5 graphics with 28-54 watt TDP.

Honor V Purse concept live photo gallery [GSM Arena]

The Honor V Purse concept phone is actually one of the more interesting approaches I’ve seen for turning a tech gadget into a fashion accessory. I just don’t know where you’d store your keys.

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  1. I remember when (2017) Microsoft deprecated and shortly (2019) isolated their longstanding feature: “Paint”. (Paint-3D was taking over…)

    Five years later it’s still in active use on my PC.

    Same sort of deal with Windows Media Player since 2012. A decade later and I have never even opened the pushed replacement: “Groove Music”.

    If MS really wants to sell me something newer it HAS to be better.

  2. WordPad is a decent free word processor. MicroSoft is just trying to force people to buy ms word in my opinion. My suggestion: Don’t do it!

    1. Well duh! Why do you think Wordpad has never had the ability to do page breaks? Cause they want you to buy their “premium” word processor…

  3. I love Abiword. Newer versions available down the pipeline addressed a lot of bugs. There are also ways to get Microsoft fonts into your linux install (check the web). But unfortunately, there are no new builds for Windows, so you pretty much have to use linux to use it.

    But will say it again, I love Abiword. It’s minimal but does everything I need it to.

    1. It looks like it’s the same version for both Linux and Windows (3.0.5), but the Windows download link appears to be down for me today. I did install it on Windows 11 under Windows Subsystem for Linux without any issues.

      …I genuinely can’t remember the last time I used Wordpad. I guess I’m not the only one if Microsoft is shuttering it.

      1. Abisource is always down for me, has been for months. I just tried again and it keeps timing out for me. But the latest available for Windows dates back to 2013, version 2.9.4.


        Either way, it’s a great alternative to Wordpad, and actually has page breaks too. It’s how I think Wordpad should have always been. 🙂