Microsoft’s age-old image library ‘Clip Art’ is no more

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Microsoft has finally bid a goodbye to the age-old Clip Art image library found in its Office products as its usage has been declining over the years.

Redmond replaced the Clip Art’s online image library with Bing Image Search. This means that people searching for online images inside an Office app will now be directed to a gallery powered by Bing Images that will bring in results from around the web.

Bing’s copyright filter based on the Creative Commons licensing system will let users get royalty-free images which they can use, share, or modify for either personal or commercial use.

Explaining the reason behind the shift, Microsoft said Bing Image Search offers higher quality images that are more up-to-date as compared to Clip Art’s old photos.

The update is currently being rolled out to Office 2013, 2010 and 2007, and will see the Clip Art library replaced by Bing Images.

To access the Bing-powered images in Word, Outlook and PowerPoint 2013, users will simply need to navigate to ‘Insert’, then ‘Online Pictures,’ while those using Office 2010 and Office 2007, will need to go to ‘Insert’ and then ‘Clip Art’ to search for pictures in the menu.