Microsoft’s Bing launches a ‘Search by License’ option, now find images by usage rights

Microsoft announced Bing’s new image search feature called “Search by License”. This has been one of the most useful feature launched by Bing in the recent past. Bing now allows you to filter images based on the usage rights – that means, you don’t have to worry anymore about if you can use the given image or not.

Previously, one had to dig through the photo details in Bing image search to find out the license details (if any available) but now, it is simplified with the inclusion of a license search. Below is a screenshot of how the feature works:

Microsoft’s Bing launches a ‘Search by License’ option, now find images by usage rights

 As you can see above, there are multiple options: All, Public domain, Free to share and use, Free to share and use commercially, Free to modify/share/use, and Free to modify/share/use commercially. Microsoft claims these choices should cover bloggers, teachers, students, publishers, and small business owners.

Microsfot says: We understand how frustrating it can be to when you come up with just the right blog post or the perfect poster for your class project, only to realize you don’t have the appropriate rights to use them the way you intended to. Searching for photos online should be a simple and pleasant experience leaving you with just as many hair follicles as you started with!

Being said that, we should also take a note that Microsoft Office 2013 applications also allows you to directly search for images from Bing from within the office applications. The result of such great features being introduced into search are: Google might find a worthy competitor soon and we can easily find images to use on our websites / blogs. Let us know what you feel about the new release from Microsoft Bing.