Well, this is sad:
Winamp is dead. Google Reader is dead. But today’s loss is almost too much to bear. Microsoft announced that it is killing Clip Art. The wave of emotions (may Google Wave also rest in peace) is hard to control.
Microsoft is swapping the Clip Art library for integration with Bing image search, allowing Office Suite users to easily insert photos and images with a creative commons license into their projects and documents. Microsoft explains, “The Office.com Clip Art and image library has closed shop. Usage of Office’s image library has been declining year-to-year as customers rely more on search engines.”
But it’s hard to say goodbye to the little vector images that scaled so perfectly in our first slide decks and work reports. They added lightness and variety in the early years, and then transitioned effortlessly when we all started using them ironically….
Or, as they said over at Gizmodo:
Microsoft will no longer offer Clip Art. As an alternative, the company is pointing users to use Bing image search instead. Which is fine, because that’s what everyone was doing anyway. Except maybe for the Bing part.
Except for the Bing part, indeed….
Sentimentality aside here, ask yourself — would you have known Clip Art was going away, had we not told you? When’s the last time you used it?
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