This App Resurrects Clippy on MacOS
Long before we were talking to AI assistants on smart devices, we had Clippy—the cheery, animated paperclip mascot of Microsoft Office, who’s definitely-not-at-all-annoying tips and contextual actions “helped” users navigate Word, Excel, and the rest of the Office suite.
Clippy (whose full name is actually “Clippit”) wasn’t very well-liked, leading to his eventual removal from Office after only four short years of duty. In hindsight, though, the little assistant was ahead of its time. Sure, most users disabled Clippy immediately, but the concept of having an interactive helper has been borne out by the likes of Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and Cortana. It almost seems unfair not to give poor old Clippy some props. Other than a set of Microsoft Teams emojis, Microsoft has kept the proto-AI helper in retirement, which is why we’re pleased to see him make his (unofficial) return on Mac and iOS thanks to developer Devran “Cosmo” Uenal’s Clippy app on Github.
Downloading and installing Clippy for Mac is easy: