Clip Art is Dead – Makes Way for Bing Images

This news will definitely bring back a memory or two from your childhood. Remember Clip Art ? The awesome collection of images that you could so effortlessly insert into a word document or a powerpoint presentation ? Well, there’s a sad news. Microsoft announced on their office blog that the Clip Art image library has been closed.

The Office.com Clip Art and image library has closed shop. Customers can still add images to their documents, presentations, and other files that they have saved to their devices (phones, tablets, and PCs), OneDrive, and SharePoint.  Customers also still have the ability to add images to their documents using Bing Image Search.

The decision to close the Clip Art shop was taken because there was a decline in its usage, as per Microsoft. Clip Art were most popular during the 1990’s and the early 2000’s and was widely used by students as well as professionals. I still remember those awesome Clip Arts that you could insert into your projects easily. And you would always get one as per your requirement !

Clip Art has been replaced by Bing Images as search engines are the most widely used tools to search for any picture now a days. As per Microsoft, the use of Bing images will bring freshness and high quality images into perspective. Think about the Clip Art of a cell phone that you can’t use now as it looks outdated. Bing images will help to overcome this by bringing content that is up-to-date.

Office 2013 users can use the procedure to ‘Insert’ and  select ‘Online Pictures’ to add an image. For older versions of office you can use ‘Insert’ and then select ‘Clip Art’.

Clip art

Well, bottom line is that our beloved Clip Art is no more. We will definitely miss Clip Art and thank you for making our projects awesome. R.I.P.

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