Microsoft acquires online video editor Clipchamp: Is this end of Windows Movie Maker?

Microsoft recently purchased online video editor Clipchamp in a move that could signal the end of Windows Moviemaker. Microsoft has never had a winning video editing application within its Windows OS. Apple, on the other hand, has had great success with its proprietary iMovie since its inception. Windows Movie Maker has always been an unfriendly environment with a weak toolset, and it hasn’t seen an update since “Call Me Maybe” was a hit song back in 2012. 

These days, it goes by “Video Editor,” and it lives unused within Windows 10. I know this because my 11-year-old once said, “Video editor on my laptop is awful. I am going to use iMovie on my iPhone to edit my school project”. However, is this about to change? With the purchase of Clipchamp, could we see the slick editor added to Windows 11? We can only hope. I played with Clipchamp found it to be easy to learn, with a clean user interface and some useful tools. 

Mark has spent 20 years headlining comedy shows around the country and made appearances on ABC, MTV, Comedy Central, Howard Stern, Food Network, and Sirius XM Radio. He has written about every topic imaginable, from dating, family, politics, social issues, and tech. He wrote his first tech articles for the now-defunct Dads On Tech 10 years ago, and his passion for combining humor and tech has grown under the tutelage of the Laptop Mag team. His penchant for tearing things down and rebuilding them did not make Mark popular at home, however, when he got his hands on the legendary Commodore 64, his passion for all things tech deepened. These days, when he is not filming, editing footage, tinkering with cameras and laptops, or on stage, he can be found at his desk snacking, writing about everything tech, new jokes, or scripts he dreams of filming. 

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