Back in August, Microsoft announced it would update Notepad through Windows 10’s Store, delivering updates more frequently than once every six months. Now, Microsoft is changing its mind. Notepad won’t move to the Store in Windows 10’s upcoming 20H1 update.

This change arrives in a new Insider build of Windows 10’s 20H1 update, which is still in development—specifically, build 19035, released on December 4, 2019.

As Brandon LeBlanc writes on Microsoft’s Windows blog:

Thank you for all the feedback you provided on the Store version of Notepad. At this time, we’ve decided not to roll this out to customers.

It’s a surprising change, as Microsoft made a big deal of how updating Notepad through the Store would “allow us the flexibility to respond to issues and feedback outside the bounds of Windows releases” back in August. In other words, Microsoft could modify Notepad on the fly and updates would arrive through the Store on a more regular basis.

Notepad would still be included with Windows, but it was technically a Store app just like Windows 10’s Mail or News apps. This change was already made in Insider builds of the 20H1 update. You could even uninstall Notepad from Windows 10, like any other Store app.

Windows Notepad available for download in the Windows 10 Store.

Now, that plan has changed and Notepad is leaving the Store in these development builds. Many people may breathe a sigh of relief: Shouldn’t changes to Windows 10’s text editor be rock-solid and well-tested? Can’t Windows users wait six months for updates to a utility that just needs to be stable and get out of the way?

This isn’t the first time Microsoft has canceled plans to move an application to the Store. Microsoft announced plans to remove Microsoft Paint from Windows 10 and put it in the Store, but it canceled those plans back in May 2019. MS Paint will remain part of Windows 10 and won’t be in the Store—just like Notepad.

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