Microsoft Word Is Shutting Down Clip Art

Rebecca OConnell

Going the way of chalkboards and VHS players, Microsoft's Clip Art library is now a thing of the past. As of yesterday, the image gallery was shut down permanently in response to dwindling usage. 

Heartbreakingly, future generations will never sift through countless pages of '90s style illustrations to find the perfect picture for their book reports. Today's internet-savvy children are turning to search engines to find a plethora of images, making clip art obsolete.

"The Clip Art and image library has closed shop," Microsoft announced on its blog. "Usage of Office’s image library has been declining year-to-year as customers rely more on search engines."

As an alternative to Clip Art, Microsoft recommends using Bing, which "has higher quality images that are more up-to-date. For example, searching for 'cellphone' gives more variety and modern looking phones instead of the old-school bricks from Clip Art."