RE: Clippy's Demise

Subject: RE: Clippy's Demise
From: "Gerry Bourguignon" <gbourgui -at- opentext -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 15:31:29 -0400

I stumbled upon the announcement on Microsoft's web site yesterday. This
brings to mind something that I saw on a Montreal-based consulting firms web
site, used to promote their system design for tech writers workshop. They
had included a picture of Clippy along with the caption "This paperclip
wants your job". I thought it was a cute gimmick. I guess Clippy will
really wants our jobs now that it's out of a job itself!


-----Original Message-----
Subject: Clippy's Demise
From: Tom Johnson <johnsont -at- starcutter -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 09:54:26 -0400
X-Message-Number: 9

Just read this in the NY Times. Clippy is about to become one of the unemployed. Microsoft is beginning an ad campaign to announce that
Office XP (eX Paper clip) will use a much less intrusive help system. It
seems as though MS is finally listening to users who have clamored about
feature bloat and is working hard to make the Office software simpler to

For a TW tie-in, help agents have not lived up to their expectations and
frequently get in the way of the task people are trying to perform.
Something to think about with any type of documentation.

"Humor Is at Center of Microsoft's New Campaign

"Add Clippy, Microsoft's obnoxious on-screen paper clip, to
the list of dot-com employees who will soon be searching for
new jobs."

For the whole story, here is the URL. You may have to register to use the
nytimes site.

Tom Johnson
Technical Writer
Elk Rapids Engineering Div., Star Cutter Company

johnsont -at- starcutter -dot- com - work
thomasj -at- freeway -dot- net - personal


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