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Clip art goes the way of VHS, brick phones and chalkboards

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Call it progress. Call it euthanasia.

But if you're a fan of Microsoft's Clip Art, you'll have to look elsewhere for the simply drawn and perhaps overused “art” that has been used for years in those Powerpoint presentations we'll all endured at times.

The style of the images, oftentimes the bane of graphic artists, has become dated and according to Microsoft, isn't used very much.

The image gallery was permanently shut down Monday by Microsoft.

Users now search the web for images they can use in those presentations, and Microsoft even recommends using their search engine, Bing, for replacement images.

In larger operations, designers have turned to stock images and created more modern graphics themselves.

On Microsoft's Office blog, there's this message:

The Clip Art and image library has closed shop. Customers can still add images to their documents, presentations, and other files that they have saved to their devices (phones, tablets, and PCs), OneDrive, and SharePoint.  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.  A link to the source of the image is provided, which you should use to review the source of the image and the applicable license to determine whether your use will comply with the license. (The settings can be switched to show all web results to view more images.)  However, you are responsible for respecting others' rights, including copyright.

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