Microsoft last week released a new Windows 10 preview build for Insiders and it comes with a message within the Snipping Tool revealing that the app would go away soon. The notification shows up when users launch the app on Windows 10 build 17704 and includes a message from Microsoft asking or recommending users to switch to Screen Sketch app instead.
"Snipping Tool will be removed in a future update. Try improved features and snip like usual with Screen Sketch," the message reads. It appears that the company wants this to happen slowly.
Microsoft is looking for feedback from Insiders about Screen Sketch app before removing the old Snipping Tool. In the release notes, Microsoft's Dona Sarkar says the removal is not timed for Redstone 5 and the classic Snipping Tool is here to stay, at least for now.
"We’re in the process of consolidating and modernizing our snipping experiences in Windows. When you upgrade to today’s build you’ll see a note about this in the Snipping Tool. Currently, we are not planning to remove the Snipping Tool in the next update to Windows 10 and the consolidation work underway will be a feedback and data-driven decision," Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider program, says.
The Screen Sketch app is currently available for Windows 10 Redstone 5 and it has the same functionality as the Snipping Tool. It also supports stylus which allows users to start a snip by clicking the back of the pen/stylus.
The next big update for Windows 10 is projected to land in the fall of this year, followed by another feature release in the spring of 2019.