MS 'Clippy' put out to pasture

— 11:33 PM on April 11, 2001

ZDNet has the story.

The software help system, a long-despised feature of Microsoft's popular Office suite of business software, is the star of a new Web marketing campaign launched Wednesday. The campaign and a companion Web site trumpet Microsoft's forthcoming Office XP software as so easy to use that Clippy is out of a job.

The Web site, designed and hosted by Microsoft, serves as a mock layoff notice and resume for Clippy. "I've taken over this space to share my pathetic story and show off my skills as a Web designer. Not bad, huh? Know anyone who's hiring? Office XP works so easily that it's made Office Assistants like me useless. Obsolete. And, I'm told, hideously unattractive," Microsoft has Clippy saying on the Web site.

Check out Clippy's website for more.
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