Gordon Freeman. Doomguy. Guybrush Threepwood. Clippy. Okay, so our checklist of iconic characters on PC will get a bit bizarre if you happen to begin together with software program mascots, however Clippy was an inescapable a part of Windows PC use in the late 90s and early 2000s, even when it wasn’t really in any old games. Now, Microsoft is bringing the little paperclip – however solely in the most boring way possible.

Clippy will substitute the customary paperclip emoji in Microsoft 365 as a part of a broad redesign for the icons. The new emoji all look fairly good with a little bit of 3D aptitude, as you may see in the weblog submit, however the notable element is this: “For the refresh, we couldn’t resist transforming our flat, standard paperclip into the beloved Clippy.”

Okay, sure, it’s cool that we get to see Clippy in this context, however I’ve gotta take subject with that use of ‘beloved’. We all bear in mind Clippy as a result of all of us hated Clippy. It was an infamously horrible department of UI design that was rapidly faraway from additional variations of Office – an effort to make your laptop appear somewhat extra human when all we needed was to jot down a Word doc in peace.

Even Microsoft’s personal builders called Clippy ‘TFC’ during development – the ‘C’ stands for ‘clown’ and you may in all probability guess what ‘TF’ means. At least right here, in emoji type, Clippy shall stay mercifully silent. Maybe ‘boring’ isn’t such a nasty factor.

I suppose this implies we must always all begin taking Microsoft’s Twitter threats extra critically.

{“schema”:{“page”:{“content”:{“headline”:”Microsoft is bringing Clippy back – in the most boring way possible”,”type”:”news”,”category”:”windows-11″},”user”:{“loginstatus”:false},”game”:{“publisher”:”Microsoft”,”genre”:null,”title”:”Windows 11″,”genres”:null}}}}