In August, Microsoft announced that it would no longer bundle Windows Notepad with the system, but instead put it on the Microsoft Store for users to download separately, a change that took Notepad out of the system update cycle and was no longer updated with the release of a new version of the system, giving developers the flexibility to respond to user feedback. And as soon as possible to launch new updates and fixes.
But now Microsoft has decided not to provide notepads in the Store.
In the recent release notes for Windows 10 Insider 19035, Microsoft said it would no longer provide notepads through the Microsoft Store.
Thank you for all the feedback you provided on the Store version of Notepad. At this time, we’ve’ve decided not to roll this out to customers.
Thank you for all the feedback you have provided to the Store version Notepad. At this time, we have decided not to make this version available to the user.
As you can see in the bulletin, the latest Windows 10 Insider appears to be replacing it with a version of the build distribution from the Microsoft Store off-shelf Notepad app.
Notepad is one of the most basic built-in tools in Windows, but it’s very rudimentary, it’s not competitive, and Microsoft hasn’t focused much on it, making notepad little changed in more than 30 years. But since last year, Microsoft has overhauled the old guys in the system, adding a new set of modern features, including improved underlying performance, improved speed to open large files, text zoom, status bar improvements, support for Unix and Mac line breaks, Bing search, and better utf-8 support, etc.