Those of you who have been using Office for many, many years will no doubt recall the days when Microsoft's productivity suite included digital companions, tasked - in theory, at least - with helping users to get things done more easily. In reality, these Office Assistants were just plain irritating, and no more useful in practice than accessing a standard text-based help database.
A range of Office Assistants were created, but the most famous one of all was, of course, the paper clip. Clippy and friends made their last appearance in Office for Mac 2004, while the last PC version of the software to feature the Office Assistants was Office 2003.
Smore says that its team had a lot of fun recreating the Office Assistants, and that it wanted "to share that fun and whimsy with everyone, and to remind people to try new and risky things, even when they seem really silly."
Of course, the real Clippy is now enjoying his retirement, and living out his days on Twitter...
Source and lower two images: Clippy.js at Smore.com
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