Remember Microsoft’s handy Office assistant, Clippy? Well, if you’ve ever used Microsoft Office back in the day, I’m sure you’ve come across the adorable but annoying smart assistant who gave you various tips and tricks on how to use Office. After being discontinued in 2001, Microsoft now brings Clippy as an emoji to Microsoft 365 products.
Clippy returns in a new avatar
Microsoft recently introduced more than 1,800 redesigned emojis, all of which it intends to add to Windows 11 and Microsoft 365 products in the coming days. Microsoft has completely redesigned the new emojis to convert them from 2D view to 3D design and reflect the company’s new Fluent Design language. So, among the new emojis. The Redmond giant has replaced the clip’s emoji with a Clippy glyph.
Now for those unfamiliar with Clippy, it was essentially an animated paper clip that appeared in Microsoft Office along with simple tips to help users get the most out of the said app. Although the assistant was pretty cute to look at, many users found using Office annoying. As a result, Microsoft abandoned Office Assistant for the only time in 2001, and since then we have not seen Clippy in Windows or any other Microsoft product.
However, the company’s official “Emoji-logistics” Claire Anderson thought of adding the adorable assistant as a clip emoji in the new emoji set to replace the old boring, 2D clip glyph. Anderson thinks she would give users a healthy dose of nostalgia by using Microsoft products.
“I grew up using Clippy, and it seemed like a fun little Easter egg,” Anderson told The Verge. “We all think that pleasure when you put this clip on a Microsoft product and all of a sudden you get this dose of nostalgia,” she added. You can watch this video to see other new 3D emojis for the first time.
Microsoft also shared a tweet recently, where it said that if this tweet gets more than 20,000 likes, this organization will replace this clip emoji in Microsoft 365 with Clippy. The Redmond giant says it would initially release the new emojis to Windows and Teams sometime next Christmas season, the same time frame as the Windows 11 release. They will later be available in other Office applications like Yammer and Outlook.