Microsoft has disclosed its plans to discontinue WordPad, with intentions to completely remove it from Windows. PC Gamer discovered this in a deprecated features article by Microsoft for Windows, pointing out an outright statement that WordPad will not receive any more updates and future removal is planned.
According to Microsoft: "We are no longer updating the WordPad application, and it will not be in the next release of Windows. For rich text documents such as .doc and .rtf, we recommend Microsoft Word, while Windows Notepad should be used for plain text documents like .txt."
The exact timeframe for WordPad's removal isn't mentioned, but this is part of a recent move by Microsoft to scale back and eliminate several features, including Cortana.