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Microsoft pulls the plug on Clip Art

Microsoft pulls the plug on Clip Art
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Rest in peace badly rendered guy slamming his head on a computer, we hardly knew ye. If you remember the '90s, then you definitely also remember the rise of Clip Art.

Not ringing a bell? Think about every silly greeting card that you made after buying your first printer. The free pictures that came along with Microsoft Word were Clip Art.

After doing a bit of digging, it looks like Microsoft is trying yet another tactic to make anyone care about Bing.

Customers also still have the ability to add images to their documents using Bing Image Search. Bing Image Search uses a copyright filter based on the Creative Commons licensing system.  The results that are returned are images that have been tagged with Creative Commons licenses.

Microsoft did it. It caught my attention by shutting down a classic computing holdover. Then it highlighted an interesting Bing feature in the same blog post.

Being able to hunt for photos based on whether or not I can publish them or not is a cool feature, and that's probably the real reason that Microsoft killed Clip Art.

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