Clippy’s return? Microsoft tweet promises return of software assistant as Office 365 emoji
Welcome back, Clippy.
Microsoft announced Wednesday that it will revive its animated software assistant Clippy as an alternate emoji for the paperclip in Workplace 365. It has challenged fans to like a tweet 20,000 times to make it happen, and the number was eclipsed by lunchtime.
Originally integrated with Workplace 97, Clippy’s intention was to bring up and help computer users navigate through packages similar to Phrase or Excel. Instead, the pop-ups turned out to be annoying.
Clippy was dumped in the workplace to provide a garbage heap after 4 years. But the wide-eyed, over-eager assistant – wearing a smile any paperclip mom would love – has remained somewhat of an iconic character in Microsoft history.
Last week, the company announced that Clippy was among the nostalgic photos the company was providing as a background for its Groups collaboration app. In 2019, Clippy resurfaced as software for Apple’s macOS. Clippy in addition tried to get his job back in the form of animated stickers when it confirmed in 2019 on the official GitHub webpage of Microsoft’s Developer Workplace for use on groups.
If it gets 20ok likes, we’ll replace the paperclip emoji in Microsoft 365 with Clippy. pic.twitter.com/6T8ziboguC
– Microsoft (@Microsoft) July 14, 2021
– Xbox (@Xbox) July 14, 2021
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