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Microsoft dumps its Clip Art gallery

Posted on Wednesday, December 03 2014 @ 14:27:57 CET by

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After retiring good old Clippy, Microsoft now also removes its two decade old Clip Art gallery with vector art from its Office Suite. The clip art will be replaced with a Bing Images search box, allowing you to search royalty-free Creative Commons images on the web.
Microsoft explains this move with a single sentence: “Usage of Office’s image library has been declining year-to-year as customers rely more on search engines.” Fair enough — and really, with most clip art harking back from the 1990s or earlier, and online search engines becoming scarily proficient at finding high-quality art, it’s no surprise that people just aren’t using clip art any more. Clip art comes from a time when computers had limited memory, storage space, and low screen resolution; back then, simple vector art made sense. Today, with high-resolution displays everywhere and ample processing power in even the wussiest of smartphones to render bitmap images, clip art just doesn’t have the appeal that it once had.
Legacy Clip Art from Microsoft

Source: ExtremeTech



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