Like countless dearly departed celebrities before him, Microsoft’s Clippy the Office assistant may be gone — but he’s not forgotten. And we’re still going to have a sighting every once in a while.
His full name was Clippit, but most of the world probably remembers him as the annoying paperclip character we all loved to hate. His heyday was between 1996 and 2002, when he would pop up on your PC by default to offer help he usually couldn’t deliver. By 2007, Clippy was laid to rest.
But, just like that, he reemerged during Wednesday’s edition of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to talk about the launch of Windows 10.
“Did you say wreak havoc?,” he said. “I can help with that.”
The years in exile appear to have taken its toll on the Office assistant, who showed up with a foul mouth and more violent tendencies than you probably remember. But I guess that’s what happens when you’re left on the shelf so a younger, sexier “digital assistant” named Cortana gets to take over.