Today, however, Microsoft has released a statement saying the reaction had made the company realise that "after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans"
They are urging manufacturers to introduce security ratings for wifi-enabled appliances such as televisions, cookers, kettles and fridges which are linked to home computers and mobile phones
In the next Windows 10 update, Paint will shuffle onto Microsoft's deprecated features list - setting the stage for its departure from PCs like other former favourites such as Solitaire and Minesweeper
The long-term vision includes creating giant battery facilities around the National Grid to store excess wind and solar energy for when demand rises
The new measures come after research found the gadgets posed a real danger of smashing plane windscreens and shattering helicopter rotors
Abhishek Prasad, who was fully awake during the operation, said surgeons asked him to strum his instrument to help them identify problem areas in his brain