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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Clippy and Teams

Been using MS Teams, like it.    But with such systems the question ultimately arises, should we have a system that tracks our activity and offers to help,  assists, or even nag-nudges us to better results?
Used Clippy when it was first implemented in the late 90s.  It was useful, clever, perhaps a bit over played.  There was a howl of ridicule, joking and derision, ..... that was also much overdone.   It could have been fixed,  but MS bagged it too quickly.  Someone should have the courage to take on the challenge of a helpful but strong online assistant.  Its apparently not Microsoft.

Microsoft revived and killed Clippy in a single day
The office assistant briefly popped up in Microsoft Teams.  By Christine Fisher, @cfisherwrites in Engadget

The dream of the '90s was alive in Microsoft Teams this week when Microsoft's old office assistant, Clippy, showed up. If you used Microsoft Office between 1997 and 2001, you likely remember Clippy as the animated paperclip that popped up and offered tips for using the software. Microsoft did away with Clippy in 2001, so people were surprised to see Clippy stickers appear in Microsoft Teams this week. And they were even more surprised when, just a day later, Microsoft offed the little guy again.... "

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