Clippy, the beloved assistant from Microsoft Office in the late 90s and early 2000s, is making a comeback on Windows 11, courtesy of an unofficial app. Developed by Firecube Studios, known for their impressive utilization of design technologies in Windows 11 apps, the new Clippy app rejuvenates the concept of a smart assistant with the help of AI. Leveraging the power of OpenAI's GPT 3.5 large language model, Clippy offers a nostalgic throwback to the days of using Microsoft Office on Windows XP while introducing modern features.
With Clippy, users can enjoy the convenience of ChatGPT-like capabilities directly on their desktops, accessible with a simple mouse click. The app allows users to seek assistance on a wide range of topics, whether Windows-related or not. From changing Windows settings to general inquiries, Clippy endeavors to provide helpful responses. While similar to the official Windows Copilot, which will be more tightly integrated with the operating system, Clippy boasts versatility beyond Windows-specific matters. Users can ask intriguing questions unrelated to Windows, just like engaging with ChatGPT. For instance, you can query Clippy about the existence of multiple train stations named Penn Station in the United States, offering unique and informative answers each time.
The current version of Clippy requires users to provide their own OpenAI API key. However, the developer intends to simplify the setup process in the final version. Additionally, users can customize the number of API tokens allocated per question in the app's settings, influencing the length of the responses received. Although Clippy currently retains its familiar appearance, the developer plans to reintroduce other classic Microsoft characters, such as Bob or Clippy, featuring a more traditional design.
For those seeking quick access to ChatGPT-like features and a nostalgic trip down memory lane, the Clippy app is available for download on the Microsoft Store.