Microsoft Axes Clip Art Image Library for Bing Image Search – Software – News


The Microsoft Office team has announced the removal of the Clip Art online picture library. Users will begin to be directed to a new source of images; Search for Bing images.’s library of images and clipart images has closed shopMicrosoft’s Office blog said. “Office picture library usage has declined year over year as customers rely more on search engines.”

Ye olde clip art gallery

Even though Microsoft clipart images have been a staple in using Office products for many years, the reasoning behind the change is pretty obvious. In comparison, Bing Image Search is clearly more up to date, especially with technology images, and may offer high quality images that may be more appropriate than older Clip Art illustrations. It is believed that most people would rather run a quick online image search anyway, so there’s no reason Microsoft shouldn’t just give users what they want from the interface.

Finding images for use in any of the Office desktop products released over the past decade will show you the results of Bing images. There, users can continue to browse the images and download the ones they like, just like in ancient times. “For example, searching for ‘cell phone’ results in more variety and modern looking phones instead of the old-fashioned bricks in Clip Art.” the blog says. Bing Image Search, built into Office, uses a Creative Commons copyright filter enabled by default to enable commercial use.

Bing Image Search Library is Full of “Modern” Smartphones

Additionally, Microsoft has added a drop-down menu option to Office to make the process of finding images easier. The new image search feature will be available in current versions of Office 365, Word 2013, Outlook 2013, and PowerPoint 2013, in addition to Office 2010 and Office 2007.

Will anyone miss the Clip Art of yesteryear? In some ways, this seems like a much cheaper option than ordering a range of modern illustrations to update the clip art.

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