MICROSOFT RAISED and then dashed the hopes of the tech community yesterday with one of the biggest prick-teases in history.
For years, every red-blooded Windows user has been crying out for the return of Clippy (or Clippit to give it the official name) to show them the way in their dealings with Microsoft Office.
Last seen officially in 2001, there was a tantalising moment this week where it seemed like Satya had finally agreed to give him the old job back after he appeared as a set of stickers for Office 365's Teams collaboration tool.
The pack, designed internally, was released to GitHub as extra downloadable content to brighten up your message (or annoy the crap out of your colleagues, depending on your point of view.
But as reported by The Verge, Clippy's prodigal return didn't last long, with Microsoft whipping down the download the following day, after an internal altercation over branding.
Word is that the loveable paperclip doesn't fit in with Microsoft's image in 2019, and what started as a bit of fun, turned into a dressing-down from the marketing department.
"Clippy has been trying to get his job back since 2001, and his brief appearance on GitHub was another attempt," said a Microsoft spokesperson "While we appreciate the effort, we have no plans to bring Clippy to Teams."
Microsoft seemingly doesn't want us all reminiscing about the good old days of Times New Roman, Powerpoint presentations that crash and a version of Skype that actually works - Eyes on the prize, not wallowing in past glories.
Fret not. If you're as incensed as we are, there is still hope. A petition to bring back Clippy and his sticker pack to Microsoft Teams is already underway within the feedback forums of Office.
"He really held things together," commented one wag. μ
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