Clippy returns in Microsoft's April Fools' pranks

Life hasn't been kind to Clippy, Microsoft's former digital assistant found in its Office productivity suite. Office for iPad was unveiled last week, and despite Clippy's insistence on Twitter, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella didn't bring him back.

Now, however, Clippy has returned from his life of meaningless paper-holding for a final hoorah on Office Online. Unfortunately, Clippy appears to have become relatively useless in his old age, unable to tell you how to write a letter. Instead, he just fondly remembers the old days and begs you to send out a tweet on his behalf.

Though Nadella tweeted a denial Clippy's return last week, it appears Microsoft even has bigger plans for him, including a new physical version.

Microsoft describes Smarty Clippy as "the one paperclip for everything in your life," and the metallic office organizer himself states his happiness in "going back to basics and doing what paper clips like me are born to do: Attach things to other things.” The blog post announcing the new version features several images touting his features, including the fact that he's compatible with older workstations and can be reconfigured to meet user needs.

Smart Clippy comes in a variety of sizes and colors and is now available "at leading electronics retailers, fine stationery stores, not-so-fine stationery stores, your company's supply cabinet, behind sofa cushions and in bins."

Source: Office Online, Microsoft

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I know it's not the same situation but corporations go through their employees emails all the time without a warrant. I see this at work all the time, especially when there's an investigation going on or they suspect some type of inappropriate relationship within the workplace. As I heard someone say earlier, no judge would grant you a subpoena to check your own servers. It's like asking the judge to get his permission to check what clothes are in your dresser. MSFT can't get a warrant because it's not a government entity doing a search on someone's property... it's a private company doing a search on it's own property. None of the free email providers need anyone's permission to check your email, contrary to what anyone says. Of course I'm not saying they actually do check your email but legally speaking.

I agree, they have the legal right (as laws stand now) to do this. However, the situation where Microsoft was trying to appear better then Google touting respecting your rights and privacy took a major blow when this came out.

soder said,
How about this nice clippy (regarding the last weeks Hotmail scandal Microsoft)?
I like it, works well with Google too (better in fact).

I miss the old Clippy, now while doing work instead of playing with my little Clippy i go on my mobile or something and end up spending more time not working. Clippy saved time and money!

I liked Clippy. They should make an option to bring him back in newer Offices... It would be a nice nostalgic feature =).

Saving Pvt Bryan said,
Maybe as an Easter egg.
"It looks like you're trying to view the Clippy Easter egg. Would you like help with that?"

Recursive Easter egg FTW! :D

neko_designer said,
clippy kinda reminds me of Olaf from frozen

Olaf from frozen kinda reminds me of clippy.

Of course if this is the first you're hearing of clippy, then maybe your way is correct.

It shouldn't be too hard to design one:
1. Start a new image with a 16-color palette
2. Try to draw a paperclip with a very large, square brush
3. Call it "modern"

I use to love the Office assistants, they were fun. I remember when clippy use to hit my screen to inform me if I want to save and ride a bike away when I exited Word 2000.

Same here... I would really never used them, but I loved playing with the different ones and watching the animations.

Mr. Dee said,
I use to love the Office assistants, they were fun. I remember when clippy use to hit my screen to inform me if I want to save and ride a bike away when I exited Word 2000.

Same here. I wished they would have let us "mod" them! Would have had an entire genre of Office Assistant mods!

xrobwx said,
Same here. I wished they would have let us "mod" them! Would have had an entire genre of Office Assistant mods!
The Agent APIs were available for use with custom characters in your own programs.