Clippy, the controversial paperclip wizard that wowed (or pissed off) Office users in the late 90s, is making a nostalgic comeback in Microsoft 365, but it’s not what you think it is.
On Thursday, Microsoft tweeted an illustration from Clippy with the following headline: “If this gets 20k likes, we’ll replace the paperclip emoji in Microsoft 365 with Clippy.” In less than an hour, the tweet amassed nearly 23,000 hearts. It looks like this boring paper clip emoji is kicking off in favor of a more famous piece of steel wire: good ol ‘Clippy.
Fans ask Microsoft to put Clippy on Xbox, Windows 11. bring to
Microsoft has successfully achieved its “likes” goal, but Clippy fans are demanding more. A Twitter user begged Microsoft to bring Clippy into the Series X and Series S. Another poster wondered when they’ll see Clippy starring in a new platformer Xbox Game Pass.
Twitter user @ Manu962k, on the other hand, is hoping Microsoft will consider bringing Clippy to the next generation operating system Windows 11.
Really bring the little guy back in Windows 11! Clippy was supposed to replace Cortana.July 14, 2021
While the response to Microsoft’s plans to replace the paperclip emoji with Clippy has been largely positive, some Twitter commenters expressed disgust.
Like it or not, Microsoft uses nostalgic marketing tactics to get our attention. Last week, the Redmond-based tech giant that it was Add new backgrounds to Microsoft Teams, and you guessed it, Clippy was one of the subjects.
Microsoft also added a paint-themed background, solitaire theme, and more.
With all of this positive critical reception from the OG office assistant, Clippy can end up being more than just an emoji addition to Microsoft 365.