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Clippit asking whether the user needs help
Clippit asking whether the user needs help

The Office Assistant was a Microsoft Office feature to assist users by way of an interactive animated character. It interfaced with the Office help content in versions 97 through 2003, offering advice based on Bayesian algorithms. In Microsoft Office for Mac, it was included in versions 98 to 2004. In Office 2007 and Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, the feature was removed due to widespread dissatisfaction.[1] The default assistant in the English version was named Clippit, nicknamed Clippy,[2] after a paperclip. It used technology initially from Microsoft Bob and later Microsoft Agent. Screenshot of Clippy the Office Assistant asking if you need help writing a letter. ... Microsoft Office is an office suite from Microsoft for Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X operating systems. ... Bayesian probability is an interpretation of probability suggested by Bayesian theory, which holds that the concept of probability can be defined as the degree to which a person believes a proposition. ... Microsoft Office is an office suite from Microsoft for Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X operating systems. ... Microsoft Office 2007 (officially called 2007 Microsoft Office system) is the most recent version of Microsofts productivity suite. ... A Mac OS X version of Office 2007 is also being developed, by Microsofts Macintosh Business Unit called Office 2008 and slated for release in the second half of 2007. ... Small metal paperclip Another example of a paperclip. ... Microsoft Bob was a Microsoft software product, released in March 1995, which provided a new, nontechnical interface to desktop computing operations. ... Microsoft provides examples on its website for the use of Agent. ...

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Overview

The Office assistant was enabled by default in early Microsoft Office versions. It popped up when the program determined the user could be assisted with using Office wizards, searching help, or advising users on using Office features more effectively. It presented tips and keyboard shortcuts. Famously, typing an address followed by "Dear" would cause Clippit to pop up and say, "It looks like you're writing a letter. Would you like help?" For other uses, see Letter (disambiguation). ...


Other Office assistants were available, such as The Dot, a shapeshifting and colour-shifting smiley-faced red ball, Hoverbot (a robot), The Genius (a caricature of Albert Einstein), Office Logo (a jigsaw puzzle), Mother Nature (a globe), Scribble (a cat), Power Pup (a dog) and Will (a caricature of William Shakespeare). In later versions of Microsoft Office for Windows, the Hoverbot, Scribble and Power Pup assistants were replaced by F1, Links and Rocky, a robot, a cat and a dog, respectively. The cat, Links, meowed and purred when a woman's hand scratched its head. When tired, it would groom itself, curl up and sleep, or roll over on its side. In many cases, the Office installation CD was necessary to activate a different Office assistant character, so the default character, Clippit remains widely known. An assistant named Max, in the shape of a Macintosh Plus, served as the default on Mac versions of Office (although Clippit was available). For other uses of smiley and smiley face, see Smiley (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see robot (disambiguation). ... For the book of comics by Daniel Clowes, see Caricature (Daniel Clowes collection). ... “Einstein” redirects here. ... For the Rolling Stones song, see Jigsaw Puzzle A jigsaw puzzle is a tiling puzzle that requires the assembly of numerous small, often oddly shaped, interlocking and tessellating pieces. ... This article is about a spherical model of the Earth, or similar. ... Binomial name Felis catus Linnaeus, 1758 Synonyms Felis lybica invalid junior synonym The cat (or domestic cat, house cat) is a small carnivorous mammal. ... Trinomial name Canis lupus familiaris The dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is a domestic subspecies of the wolf, a mammal of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. ... For the book of comics by Daniel Clowes, see Caricature (Daniel Clowes collection). ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... CD redirects here. ... The Macintosh Plus computer was the third model in the Macintosh line, introduced two years after the original Macintosh and a little more than a year after the Macintosh 512K. It originally had a beige case, but in 1987, the case color was changed to the long-lived platinum color. ...


The Microsoft Office XP Multilingual Pack had two more assistants, Saeko Sensei (冴子先生?), an animated secretary, and a version of Monkey King (孫悟空?) for Asian language users in non-Asian Office versions.[3] Native language versions provided additional representations such as Kairu the dolphin, in Japanese. Clippit inspired parody software such as Vigor, a version of the vi text editor with a paperclip. Sun Wukong (孫悟空, pinyin: sun1 wu4kong1, WG: Sun Wu-kung, also surn vukorn), the Monkey King, is perhaps the most famous and beloved fictional character in all of classical Chinese literature. ... Sun Wukong (孫悟空, pinyin: sun1 wu4kong1, WG: Sun Wu-kung, also surn vukorn), the Monkey King, is perhaps the most famous and beloved fictional character in all of classical Chinese literature. ... In contemporary usage, parody is a form of satire that imitates another work of art in order to ridicule it. ... Look up Vigor in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... vi editing a temporary, empty file. ...


The program was widely reviled among users as intrusive and annoying,[4][5] and was criticized even within Microsoft. Smithsonian Magazine called Clippy "one of the worst software design blunders in the annals of computing". [6] Smithsonian is a monthly magazine published by the Smithsonian Institution of the United States in Washington, DC External link Smithsonian webpage Categories: Smithsonian Institution | United States magazines | Stub ...

The helpers from Office 2003: Top, left to right: Clippit, The Dot, F1, Office Logo; Bottom, left to right: Merlin, Mother Nature, Links, and Rocky.
The helpers from Office 2003: Top, left to right: Clippit, The Dot, F1, Office Logo;
Bottom, left to right: Merlin, Mother Nature, Links, and Rocky.

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Additional assistants

Since their introduction, more assistants have been released.[7] [8]

  • Kairu the Dolphin (available for East Asian editions, downloadable for Office 97)[9]
  • Genie (a genie)
  • Peedy (a parrot)
  • Bosgrove (a butler)
  • Robby (a robot)
  • Max (a Macintosh Plus computer) (Macintosh)

Some assistants can be downloaded from the Microsoft website.[10] For other uses, see Genie (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Butler (disambiguation). ... The Macintosh Plus computer was the third model in the Macintosh line, introduced two years after the original Macintosh and a little more than a year after the Macintosh 512K. It originally had a beige case, but in 1987, the case color was changed to the long-lived platinum color. ...


Later versions

Starting in Office 2000, Microsoft Agent (ACS) replaced the Microsoft Bob-descended Actor (ACT) format as the technology supporting the feature. Users can add other assistants to the folder where Office is installed for them to show up in the Office application. Microsoft Agent-based characters have richer forms and colors, and are not enclosed within a boxed window. Microsoft provides examples on its website for the use of Agent. ... Microsoft Bob was a Microsoft software product, released in March 1995, which provided a new, nontechnical interface to desktop computing operations. ...


A key element of Microsoft's advertising campaign for Office XP was the removal of Clippit and other Office assistants, although it was simply disabled by default. (It is available in Office 2003, but not in the default installation.) The self-effacing campaign included the now-defunct website officeclippy.com (still viewable at YouTube [1] [2]), featured the animated adventures of Clippit (voiced by comedian Gilbert Gottfried, in an annoying voice) as he learned to cope with unemployment ("X...XP...As in, ex-paperclip?!") and parodied behaviors of the Office assistant ("It looks like you're writing a letter. Would you like Help?"). Gilbert Gottfried (born February 28, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American stand-up comedian. ...


There is a Clippit parody in the Windows Dancer application for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, in which the character Boo Who? is wearing a ghost outfit, roughly having the shape of Clippit's body, with a piece of wire visible underneath. Occasionally the white sheet slips, revealing the thin curve of steel. The description mentions "working for a short while for a Redmond, WA based software company, where he continued to work until being retired in 2001". As of 2005, Windows XP is the current client version of the Microsoft Windows operating system. ...


As of Office 2007, Microsoft removed the Office assistant in favor of a new help system


In popular culture

  • Comedian Demetri Martin makes a reference to the paper clip on his album These Are Jokes, where he mocks the paperclip's "It looks like you're writing a letter..." question as "It looks like you're writing a ransom note, need some help? You should use stronger language; you'll get more money."
  • In the book The Year of Secret Assignment, Lydia comments that a "little paper-clip man" arrived on her computer and said she was writing a letter and asked if she wanted help. She later says that the paper-clip man sits on her shoulder, eats a bowl of berries and cream, insults the person she is writing to, and suggests Lydia destroy the computer, even though that results in his death.
  • Clippit is in Drawn Together during the second season premiere. He appears to Wooldoor Sockbat to help him carve a suicide note into the wall, by offering tips such as "Remember to avoid clichés like 'Goodbye cruel world'" and "Don't forget to blame your parents".
  • In The Simpsons episode, "Stop, Or My Dog Will Shoot!", when a python sinks its teeth into a computer monitor, Clippit appears onscreen and says "It looks like you are trying to eat me. Need some help?" In another episode, "Funeral For A Fiend", when Sideshow Bob tries to kill the Simpson family with an explosive laptop, Clippit says, "It looks like you're trying to blow up the computer. Mind if I hug my kids?" (prompting the appearance of three small children Clippits being embraced by the parent).
  • On an episode of CNNNN, Chas Licciardello walked around in a Clippit costume offering help in various tasks, including "It looks like you're trying to write a letter, would you like some help?" "It looks like you trying to spread propaganda, would you like some help?" (spoken to a man at a newsstand) and "It looks like you're trying to relax and unwind, would you like some help?"
  • In the Family Guy episode "Lois Kills Stewie", Stewie Griffin controls a CIA computer and hacks into their network. This is when Clippit pops up, saying "It looks like you're trying to take over the world. Need some help?" Stewie responds "Go away, paper clip! Nobody likes you!".
  • The paperclip is a recurring feature of ridicule on the BBC radio show The Now Show.
  • In the webcomic God Mode[3], Kraig complains about not being able to write his gaming reviews because his favorite office assistant, Clippit, was removed from Office 2007.
  • In the first season of Red vs Blue Sarge mentions in PSA 4: The PDC Video, that he was next in line to become "one of them little office assistant thingies". An Office Assistant of Sarge is actually available to download.[11]
  • In Superhero Movie, The Hourglass is seen typing on "Death Machine Ultimate" (a reference to Windows Vista Ultimate) whan the paperclip pops up and says "Looks like you're planning a mass murder. Need some help?"

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References

  1. ^ Farewell Clippy: What's Happening to the Infamous Office Assistant in Office XP
  2. ^ Freeman, Jan (2007-02-25). Finding the grammar checker's frailities. The Boston Globe. Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
  3. ^ http://www.kaiyou-k.jp/fumiovol14.htm
  4. ^ http://www.cnet.com/4520-11136_1-6313439-1.html
  5. ^ http://reviews.cnet.com/Microsoft_Word_2007/4505-3529_7-32143055.html
  6. ^ Conniff, Richard. "What's Behind a Smile?" Smithsonian Magazine, August, 2007, p.51-52
  7. ^ Microsoft (2004-10-29). Office Assistant Animations Start Slowly. Microsoft. Retrieved on 2007-05-08.
  8. ^ Microsoft's Office Assistant. Dickinson College. Retrieved on 2007-05-08.
  9. ^ Microsoft (1998-06-07). Office 97 Assistant: Kairu the Dolphin. Microsoft. Retrieved on 2007-05-08.
  10. ^ Microsoft. Microsoft Agent download page for end-users. Microsoft. Retrieved on 2007-05-08.
  11. ^ http://mason.gmu.edu/~mjaquith/sarge.zip

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See also

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Office Assistant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (658 words)
In many cases the Office CD is necessary to activate a different office assisant character, so Clippit, the default setting, has remained the most widely known, especially among users who may be using a pirated or shared edition of Word.
The Office assistant is also present in the Mac OS versions of Office, starting with Office 98, with a Mac-only assistant named Max, in the shape of a Macintosh Plus, serving as the default (although Clippit remains available).
As of Office 2004, the Mac OS versions of Microsoft Office retain the Office Assistant in the default installation, with Max remaining as the default assistant.
Nicolet College (476 words)
The Office Assistant course schedule is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis to accommodate the needs of full-time students and working adults.
Graduates of Nicolet's Office Assistant program are prepared to apply their skills in a variety of office environments and become an integral part of an organization's office team.
Office Assistant program is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis with flexible delivery options to meet the needs of working adults and distance learners.
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