Tuesday, 02 December 2014 17:11

MS deletes blog post about DEATH of CLIP ART by Bing’s hand Featured

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Microsoft has killed off its Office clip art service full of those classic pieces of clip art you’ve seen time and again in presentations and documents, but it has killed off its blog post about it too. It has gone to the great big clippy in the sky...

The spectre of Satya Nadella’s big delete button has loomed large over a blog post about the death of Microsoft Office Clip Art, with plenty of articles on the topic linking to a blog post that’s no longer there.

Click on the link above, and you’re told ‘We’re sorry, but we can't find the page you're looking for,’ which is kinda like saying ‘We’re sorry, but you can’t find the clip art you’re looking for’.

Except if you know how to use Google, you can find the web cache of the announcement, which we’ve dug up for you here.

To be fair, Bing has a cached copy of the article too, which you can find here - complete with pretty colours that Bing places over various words, which you can see here. 

The blog post notes that December 1 is the day that Online Pictures inside of Microsoft Office ‘desktop products worldwide’ now takes you to ‘royalty-free curated through Bing Images.’

There’s also the news that ‘The Office.com Clip Art and image library has closed shop’, because of the declining number of users as people just go to search engines to find presumably much more relevant and modern images instead.

Indeed, we’re told that Bing’s Image search (and presumably, Google’s too) has ‘higher quality images that are more up-to-date’, with an example given that a search for mobile phones now returns modern images rather than clunky brick phones from the 90s.

Microsoft points to a support page entitled ‘Where is the Clip Art site’ for more information - at least this wasn’t deleted, too.

As for Satya Nadella’s big delete button, well, we made that one up, but it makes for a nice image, complete with unimpressed Clippy. :-)


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