Saturday, December 19, 2009

Clippy is coming

Microsoft's Clippy is much maligned. The reality is, it had some accuracy and UX issues. Specifically, it usually gave you the wrong information (-1) while disrupting your workflow (-2). Now, imagine that it works perfectly: you are cruising along in an application, no clippy; you hit a bump, and clippy casually says in a corner "you do not have a semi-colon at the end of your expression...should I add it?" No tinking on the glass, asking you if you want help, and when you say yes saying "do you want to add a printer?" Who will be the first company to implement a clippy++? Note: I get the sense that some people will not like clippy, no matter what.

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