Microsoft quietly bid farewell to its “Clip Art” image library Tuesday, acknowledging that Word or PowerPoint users can find generic images of bunnies, money bags or cherry bombs through online image searches.
“The Office.com Clip Art and image library has closed shop,” read a brief epitaph on Microsoft’s official blog.
Microsoft users of a certain age will remember the image library as an easy way to snap prefabricated images into a Word document or PowerPoint presentation. But the selection of 338 images, fun as they were, couldn’t compare with the explosive growth of images across the web and social media. (Google indexed roughly 10 billion images as early as 2010.)
Fans of photo clipping can still drag and drop images from the web into Office software, Microsoft noted, adding that they can always search creative commons photos using the company’s Bing Image Search service.
Here, in memoriam, are a few final clippings, courtesy of the now defunct “Clip Art” Library: