The Secret Origins of Clippy: Microsoft’s Bizarre Animated Character Patents

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Bird Character Patent

Intelligent User Assistance Facility

Filed November 20th, 1998

Here’s that birdy again, in a variant of the earlier Shakespeare/regression analysis drawing. The thing you have to remember about patent drawings is that the fact that Microsoft showed a childlike drawing of a plump chickadee providing advice on advanced number-crunching doesn’t mean that it ever intended to use that particular character providing that specific advice in a real product. But let’s make fun of the idea anyhow, OK?

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