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

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Genie Patent

Client Server Animation System for Managing Interactive User Interface Characters

Filed May 19th, 1997

As far as I know, Microsoft thought better about the notion of giving Windows a magical genie assistant. [UPDATE: You learn something new every day! As several commenters have said, he showed up in Internet Explorer voice-synthesis demos.]

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