Remember Clippy the paperclip? Microsoft is officially bringing it back … as an emoji


Do you remember the smiling little paperclip that accompanied you in all your Microsoft Word projects in 1997?

To jog your memory, he has small eyebrows, big eyes, and funny little quirks that might put a smile on your face, even during some of your most boring online projects.

If you remember Clippy, then we’ve got some great news. The beloved virtual paperclip is resurrected by Microsoft, despite being no longer a virtual assistant.

The company announced in a Twitter post last week that Clippy would replace the paperclip emoji in Microsoft 365 if it got 20,000 likes.

Unsurprisingly, the post received over 170,000 likes and Microsoft has confirmed the upcoming change on social media.

“Last but not least, we had to take this opportunity to make a change that only we could really make – so long flat, standard trombone and hello Clippy! “

“Sure, we can use fewer paper clips today than at Clippy’s heyday, but we couldn’t resist the nostalgic pull,” the company said in a statement.

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Clippy will return later this year, according to the company. It initially received startup after the release of Office 2007.

Earlier this year, Clippy also resurfaced for a day as a sticker in Microsoft Teams before the company shut it down, according to an ABC 7 report.

Microsoft announced several other updated or new emojis last week that will be added to its platform in honor of World Emoji Day, which fell on Saturday, July 17.

You can read more about Microsoft’s emoji changes on their website here.

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