How Microsoft’s Clippy Got That Way

By  |  Friday, January 2, 2009 at 12:39 am

clippypatents-teaserThink that Microsoft Office’s Clippy was a joke? Microsoft didn’t–Google Patents holds proof of the serious effort that the company poured into ever-unpopular animated “helpers” like Clippy, Microsoft Bob, and the Search Assistant. The whole idea remains baffling, but the drawings that Microsoft filed are weirdly fascinating. I’ve assembled a gallery of highlights.

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  1. anjanine Says:

    Funny! My boss hates Clippy also. But I like Clippy. Funny story though.

  2. Dennis Says:

    More answers to what happened to Clippy:

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