Tuesday, 02 December 2014 18:04

CLIPPED: Bing dings Office clip art stone cold dead

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Goodbye, 90s clip art, Microsoft has deleted ye, replaced by Bing’s Image search instead.

Uh-oh, if you were a fan of Microsoft’s Office clip art, replete with those funny drawings and images that litter Powerpoint presentations and Word documents, you’ll have to search for them on the web instead.

Oddly, Microsoft has deleted its blog post about the clip art’s cancellation, with its blog post issuing a ‘page not found’ type of error. 

Quite why Microsoft felt it was necessary to delete the blog post is currently unknown, comment has been sought from Microsoft on why the blog post was deleted.

Bing’s cache, however, has a copy of the blog post if you’re curious to read it, which notes that you’ll now be taken to images that are royalty-free and curated by Bing’s image search function.

Microsoft’s Office clip art was once modern and de-rigeur, but now it’s all rigor mortis for the site, as too many people have simply decided to search the web for images instead.

The Bing Images site is now Microsoft’s recommended spot for you to visit, and it advises you can ‘filter images by license type’ to make sure you’re using an image that you can freely use.

Of course, you can always use Google’s image search, too, but you wouldn’t expect Microsoft to suggest that option.

So, with Microsoft’s Clip Art gone, your search rests with search engines. Seek and ye shall find!

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