One of the most-hated Windows tools is coming out of retirement for Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams
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"Hey there - it looks like you're making a Microsoft Teams call!"

This could be the future of video calls after Microsoft revaled plans to make its increasingly popular online collaboration tool (opens in new tab) and video conferencing software (opens in new tab) a bit more fun by once again by bringing Windows "icon" Clippy to Teams.

In a new post (opens in new tab) on its feedback portal, a company spokesperson revealed that “Clippy has agreed to come out of retirement” for a Retro Sticker Pack in Teams.

If this sounds at all familiar, that's because a team of Microsoft employees created a similar sticker pack for Clippy over two years ago. However, at that time, the software giant quickly shut down the project with The Verge reporting (opens in new tab) that the company's “brand police” weren't happy that Clippy had resurfaced in Teams.

Clippy (opens in new tab) first appeared as a virtual assistant (opens in new tab) back in Microsoft's office software (opens in new tab) with the release of Office 97. While Clippy was created to help users navigate the Office UI and provide tips to help them improve the quality of their writing, the animated paperclip's frequent interruptions were found to be annoying which is why Microsoft decided remove Clippy altogether in Office 2007 for Windows and Office 2008 for Mac. The company did this in a sly way though by claiming the latest version of Office was so simple to use that it had put Clippy out of a job. 

Teams sticker pack

It now looks like Clippy's retirement has come to an end as Microsoft is planning to release a new retro sticker pack featuring the iconic Office (opens in new tab) character.

Teams users will soon be able to reply to their coworkers in Teams chat (opens in new tab) using a variety of stickers featuring Clippy in a number of situations around the office. For instance, there are stickers showing Clippy with a cup of coffee, working on a laptop (opens in new tab) and covered in bandages after an office mishap.

If a Clippy sticker pack isn't enough for your nostalgia, you can also download a Teams background (opens in new tab) featuring the iconic character and he has also replaced the standard paperclip emoji in Windows 11 (opens in new tab).

It's great to see that Microsoft has changed its mind when it comes to bringing back Clippy and who knows, we may see more of everyone's favorite (or least favorite) paperclip going forward.

We've also rounded up the best video conferencing software (opens in new tab) and best business webcams (opens in new tab) to make it easier to work from home (opens in new tab)

Via The Verge (opens in new tab)

Anthony Spadafora

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.