Clippy, the controversial paperclip assistant that delighted (or irked) Office users in the late 90s, is making a nostalgic comeback in Microsoft 365, but it's not what you're thinking.
On Thursday, Microsoft tweeted an illustration of Clippy with the following caption: "If this gets 20k likes, we’ll replace the paperclip emoji in Microsoft 365 with Clippy." In under an hour, the tweet amassed nearly 23,000 hearts. It looks like that dull paperclip emoji is getting the boot in favor of a more famous piece of steel wire: good ol' Clippy.
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Fans beg Microsoft to bring Clippy to Xbox, Windows 11
Microsoft successfully reached its "likes" goal, but Clippy fans are demanding more. One Twitter user beseeched Microsoft to bring Clippy to the Series X and Series S. Another poster wondered when they'll get to see Clippy as the star of a new platformer on Xbox Game Pass.
Twitter user @Manu962k, on the other hand, hopes that Microsoft considers bringing Clippy to the next-generation OS Windows 11.
Bring the lil dude back in Windows 11 for real! Clippy should replace Cortana.July 14, 2021
While the response to Microsoft's plans to replace the paperclip emoji with Clippy is mostly positive, a few Twitter commenters expressed disgust.
Whether we like or not, Microsoft is tapping into nostalgic marketing tactics to catch our attention. Last week, the Redmond-based tech giant that it was adding new backgrounds to Microsoft Teams, and you guessed it, Clippy was one of the themes.
Microsoft also added a Paint-themed background, a Solitaire design and more.
With all of this positive critical reception of the OG office assistant, Clippy may end up being more than just an Microsoft 365 emoji addition.