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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