Cortana resurrects Clippy, your old “friend” from Office

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Software devs love peppering their releases with a few well-placed Easter eggs, and voice-based virtual assistants on smartphones have been no stranger to this trend: Siri can be goaded into telling knock-knock jokes, and Google Now will engage in some Star Trek dialogue if asked to beam you up. As a result, it shouldn’t be too surprising to learn that Microsoft’s Cortana likes to get in on the fun as well, and this morning we check out one of the first-known Cortana Easter eggs.

Remember Clippy, the on-screen cartoon paper clip “assistant” that would pop up in Microsoft Office with its “helpful” advice, much to the distraction of all but the most novice users? We’ll give you a moment to stop groaning.

As it turns out, Cortana’s well familiar with Clippy, and asking her about Microsoft’s old virtual assistant triggers a number of different responses – we even see Cortana poking fun at how annoying many users found Clippy, chiding him for being “so chatty” on Facebook.

But that’s just the half of it. After bringing up the subject of Clippy, Cortana even swaps out her halo icon for an updated rendering of Clippy (below). Clippy’s back, baby!

Have any of you WP8.1 dev preview users spotted any other funny things Cortana says? Share them with us down in the comments.

clippy-cortana-2 clippy-cortana-3Source: WPCentral

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!