Microsoft has introduced it has completed away with the expansive Clip Artwork library lengthy related to its Workplace suite of software program, marking the tip of an period for followers of the summary, fuzzy cartoons utilized in desktop publishing, paperwork, invites, greeting playing cards and displays because the 90s.
There have been solely 82 illustrations constructed into Phrase 6.0 in 1996, however the assortment finally grew to greater than 100,000 static and transferring pictures housed on-line.
From now, inventory and royalty-free pictures can be served to Workplace functions by way of Microsoft’s Bing Pictures.
Nostalgia-inducing although the baffling previous pictures could also be, the transfer is sensible provided that anybody seeking to insert pictures right into a presentation or doc is now much more more likely to search on Google (or Bing?) than make do with no matter they’ll discover in Clip Artwork.
“Utilization of Workplace’s picture library has been declining year-to-year as clients rely extra on engines like google,” mentioned Microsoft in a weblog publish.
“Bing Picture Search has greater high quality pictures which might be extra up-to-date. For instance, looking for “cellphone” offers extra selection and fashionable wanting telephones as an alternative of the old-school bricks from Clip Artwork.”
Mockingly the picture Microsoft used for example this (above) nonetheless options some impressively retro telephones.
The change impacts variations of Workplace stretching approach again to 2003.