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Gordon R. Meyer
Reports of Clippy's demise are greatly exaggerated
The much maligned (to put it politely) user assistance avatar from Microsoft has returned in the training video game "Ribbon Hero 2: Clippy's Second Chance."
Ribbon Hero is an innovative achievement-based game for learning how to use the new UI in Microsoft Office. It's a free download for Windows users. See Read Write Web's discussion for a good overview and video walk-through. From an instructional perspective, there's a lot to like and learn from.
See also: Clippy's Smile.