Microsoft (Almost) Gave Clippy a New Life

Posted on March 22, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Microsoft with 6 Comments

Microsoft almost gave Clippy a new life this week. The company released a Clippy sticker pack for Microsoft Teams that allowed users to share stickers of Clippy within Teams conversations.

The sticker pack was released on GitHub, but it didn’t last too long. Even though Microsoft officially released the sticker pack and fans of Clippy actually started using the new sticker pack, Microsoft later removed the sticker pack.

The reason? Well, it’s a bit unclear. According to The Verge, Microsoft’s “brand police” were not a fan of Clippy making its comeback, which led to the sticker pack being pulled from GitHub. “Clippy has been trying to get his job back since 2001, and his brief appearance on GitHub was another attempt. While we appreciate the effort, we have no plans to bring Clippy to Teams,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.

The sticker pack was actually quite fun, to be honest. It had some animated stickers and it seemed like a cool way to celebrate Clippy. And frankly, it’s sad to see Microsoft pull the sticker pack (probably) because of some corporate goons. There is a petition a lot of Clippy fans are signing to get Microsoft to bring back the Clippy sticker pack, so it will be interesting to see if Microsoft brings Clippy back once again.

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