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It looks like you're writing a P45: Gates sacks the paperclip

Clippy, Clippit, the pestilential paperclip - call him what you will, the stress-inducing stationery item is working on his last letter. A resignation.
Written by Ben King, Contributor

Clippy, Clippit, the pestilential paperclip - call him what you will, the stress-inducing stationery item is working on his last letter. A resignation.

Microsoft is making use of ill-feeling toward the hated paperclip to publicise the next version of Office, XP. Microsoft has set up a new website, http://www.officeclippy.com , inviting users to suggest new career paths for the now redundant office assistant. In a touching confession, Mr Clippit confides that "Office XP works so easily that it's made Office Assistants like me useless". This won't be news to viewers of silicon.com's The Big Question programme, entitled "The Microsoft paperclip: Love it or hate it?" (http://www.silicon.com/a42904 ). Speakers on the programme felt that the frustrating little fastener had been redundant years before XP was announced. Brian Morrow, chairman of the Peer-to-Peer Working Group, said: "I hate the Microsoft paperclip. It's always popping up when I least expect it and telling me things I already know. I just wish I could find a way to make it go away." NPA Chairman Chris Setz will no doubt be relieved to hear that the paperclip is being pensioned off. In the same programme he speculated: "In Office XP, the paperclip will be able to talk to you and you will be able to talk to it. So hopefully I will be able to tell it to bugger off." One of the options "Clippy" (as he is now known) appears to be considering is the music business. Officeclippy.com includes a farewell blues song from the pink slip-toting paperclip, entitled It looks like you're writing a letter. What next? A film called Goodbye Mr Clips?
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