Users have known the term clip art for years, and has been a phrase that computer users have used for years. Microsoft knows this, and realizes that it needs to update the term and technology behind it. On Monday, Microsoft announced that Clip Art’s online image library will be replaced.
The move to replace Clip Art’s online image library will transition to Bing Images, and making finding images a lot easier. The Clip Art line of photos are dated and ones that Microsoft has recycled through the years. The move will enable new images to be used with customers using Microsoft products.
Why Do Away With Clip Art Images?
By going away from Clip Art images, Microsoft can give users updated images courtesy of Bing. Bing is quickly becoming one of the larger sources of online images across the web, and enabling them with Bing’s images means users get more images as they need them. It’s expected to take place quickly according to its blog post.
Clip Art has been around since the 1990’s, and has been a staple in Microsoft’s set of tools for years. The number of free images on Bing and across other sources on the web has made Microsoft’s decision more business centric than before. On its blog post, Microsoft’s Doug Thomas explained that Microsoft is making users happier.
Clip Art Portal Dying Off
By slowly taking away its Clip Art set of images for users, Microsoft is making users transition from Clip Art to the Bing Image search. Microsoft is enabling this image search transition on all its products, including Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. It’s been declining over the years, and search engines have won.
Microsoft has taken away the term Clip Art since 2013 in most of its products, and this was an early sign that Clip Art has gone away. Most users who use Microsoft’s current line of products, and especially the mobile line, hasn’t heard of Clip Art and knows this. Microsoft’s move to Bing Images are perfect for today’s web.
I loved Clip Art in its day. Now, Bing Images win and Clip Art dies away a slow death.