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Microsoft removing Clip Art from Word, PowerPoint

Microsoft removing Clip Art from Word, PowerPoint

MOSCOW: Microsoft has announced that Clip Art will no longer be part of office. But with internet connections now almost ubiquitous and a wealth of images available without the need for a local database, Microsoft has chosen to drop support for Clip Art and switch over to Bing image search.

Though search engines have an even wider selection of images to choose from, pulling in images from search also poses some problems. Determining who holds the copyright for a particular image can be a hassle. Getting permission to use a particular image isn’t always easy.

That’s why Microsoft has turned on a “Creative Commons” copyright filter when inserting images into an Office document through Bing. The company is also providing links to copyright information review whether the images can be properly licensed.

Microsoft’s blog post said that Bing would provide “higher quality images that are more up-to-date. Forn example, searching for ‘cellphone’ gives more variety and modern looking phones instead of the old- school bricks from Clip Art.”