Microsoft’s Clippy is back, and I may be one of the few people glad to see it.
The company’s virtual assistant arrived in Windows 97 in the form of a small paper clip to help Microsoft Office users. Clippy was flicked into the wastebasket by Office 2007 after complaints that it was ineffective and annoying.
But I stand up for Clippy as a welcome attempt at humanizing computer interfaces that now seems to have been all but forgotten with the trend towards cool minimalism. It’s true that Clippy didn’t accomplish much at times, but his cheery metal face was a reminder that there could be warmth in dealing with computers.