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What Happened to Clippy, the Microsoft Office Assistant?

Those who were users of Microsoft Office 97 will no doubt remember Clippy, the mascot of the productivity suite, which appeared from time to time to help with questions or offer suggestions for use.

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Those who were users of Microsoft Office 97 will no doubt remember Clippy, the mascot of the productivity suite, which appeared from time to time to help with questions or offer suggestions for use.

“Clippy was removed when Microsoft Office XP was launched in 2001.”

Its usefulness was always very questioned. Sometimes it appeared when it was not requested and, at other times, it did nothing but bother. It is true that he often provided appreciable advice, but there were more criticisms from users than praise.

This caused that four years later, when Office XP was sent in 2001, Microsoft sacrificed to the famous clip in favor of other functionalities and mascots, like a nice puppy or a tender kitten.

Even so, and despite the fact that 18 years have passed since his disappearance, Clippy fans continue to remind him and request his return. Microsoft receives hundreds of requests every year in this regard, so when Clippy “came back to life” in the form of a sticker for Teams, Microsoft’s productivity tool, many were happy.

However, not all were happy with the return of Clippy in the form of a sticker for the Teams chat, which was on GitHub, from where users could import it to use it in their communications.

So much so, that the makers of Microsoft Brand, upon hearing of this release, took action on the matter and Clippy was removed in a matter of hours. “There is no intention of Clippy coming back to life,” the company said.

The momentary return of Clippy was not an official movement of Microsoft, but it was one of those nostalgic users who uploaded it to GitHub. After the withdrawal, fans have even opened a request to ask the company for the return of Clippy, something that does not seem to happen, at least in the short term.

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