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How Microsoft’s Clippy Got That Way

By  |  Posted at 12:39 am on Friday, January 2, 2009

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clippypatents-teaserThink that Microsoft Office’s Clippy was a joke? Microsoft didn’t–Google Patents holds proof of the serious effort that the company poured into ever-unpopular animated “helpers” like Clippy, Microsoft Bob, and the Search Assistant. The whole idea remains baffling, but the drawings that Microsoft filed are weirdly fascinating. I’ve assembled a gallery of highlights.

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