I’ll admit it – I own a copy of Microsoft Office. Mac version, 2011. I really only use Word and Excel. Word I use for critiques, as most people like the review features in the program and send me Word docs to critique. I also use it to print stuff since my printer doesn’t do duplexing.
Like so many other people, I also use Office at work. Just goes with the territory, you know?
In both instances, I also use the clip art and images you get as part of your license. Comes in handy when you need a little something in your doc. But I hate the in-program interface for searching through that art. Here’s the way it looks in Word for Mac 2011:
In the version of Office I use at work, it’s very different, opening up as a sort of side pane. When you search, you get these little thumbnails – I really don’t like it.
So for years, I’ve used the Office website to search for images to use.
Well, last week – Microsoft changed that site, taking away the image search function, and encouraging people to use their newest version of Office instead.
Also, they tell you that if you aren’t using the latest version, to just use Bing’s image search.
Okay. So. Microsoft wants us to use Bing’s image search to find their clipart? No. Because Bing’s image search doesn’t just show us clipart – and their instructions don’t say anything about clipart or licensing or royalty free images – it just says ‘type a word or phrase describing the art you want’, and then right click it to save and use it.
I can’t believe this is M$’s intention, but it sure does read that way, and I can see a world of trouble falling on people who do this.
Not good, Microsoft. Not good.