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No Comeback Expected by Microsoft’s Old Office Assistant Clippy

However, surrendering to the nostalgia of the good old 90s days, fans have filed a user petition, gathering votes to bring Clippy back

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FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is seen outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, July 3, 2014. VOA

Microsoft has confirmed that its old Office assistant Clippy, the animated paper clip character, is not making a comeback, at least not anytime soon.

Born in Office 97, Clippy offered hints, helps and shortcuts to Microsoft Office users.

Earlier this week, rumours of Clippy’s return sparked after it made a one-day appearence as an animated pack of stickers for Microsoft Teams which were released on the Office Developer GitHub page, Engadget reported on Friday.

However, the company has dismissed the possibility of Clippy’s comeback.

“Clippy has been trying to get his job back since 2001, and his brief appearance on GitHub was another attempt,” The Verge quoted a Microsoft spokesperson as saying on Friday.

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Logo of Microsoft outside it’s office. Pixabay

“While we appreciate the effort, we have no plans to bring Clippy to Teams.”

The Windows-maker has now killed the GitHub project associated with Clippy for Microsoft Teams.

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“A source familiar with the situation at Microsoft tells that the ‘brand police’ inside the company weren’t happy that Clippy had appeared in Microsoft Teams and immediately ordered the brutal firing of the anthropomorphic paperclip,” the report said.

However, surrendering to the nostalgia of the good old 90s days, fans have filed a user petition, gathering votes to bring Clippy back. (IANS)

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Microsoft Works To Fix Security Bug Issue in Internet Explorer

The vulnerability was found in how Internet Explorer handles memory

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Overall, Microsoft said all supported versions of Windows are affected by the flaw, including Windows 7, which after this week will no longer receive security updates. Pixabay

 Microsoft has confirmed a security flaw affecting Internet Explorer is currently being used by hackers and it is working on a fix, to be released at a later date.

The vulnerability was first reported by US Homeland Security on Friday evening, although the issue is not limited to American devices. Overall, Microsoft said all supported versions of Windows are affected by the flaw, including Windows 7, which after this week will no longer receive security updates.

The vulnerability was found in how Internet Explorer handles memory. An attacker could use the flaw to remotely run malicious code on an affected computer, such as tricking a user into opening a malicious website from a search query or a link sent by email, TechCrunch reported recently.

“The company is only aware of limited targeted attacks for which it is already working on a fix,” the report quoted a Microsoft spokesperson. The tech giant assigned the bug with a common vulnerability identifier, CVE-2020-0674, but specific details of the bug have yet to be released.

Qihoo 360, a China-based security research team helped Microsoft in finding this flaw and it is believed to be a similar vulnerability as one disclosed by Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox browser.

As per report, neither Qihoo, Microsoft, nor Mozilla said how attackers were exploiting the bug, who the attackers were, or who was being targeted. Microsoft assigned the bug with a common vulnerability identifier, CVE-2020-0674, but specific details of the bug have yet to be released.

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Microsoft has confirmed a security flaw affecting Internet Explorer is currently being used by hackers and it is working on a fix, to be released at a later date. Pixabay

Additionally, according to information gathered by PreciseSecurity.com, Microsoft Office products were the most commonly exploited by cybercriminals around the world and nearly 73 per cent of cyber exploits were performed in MS Office products in the third quarter of 2019.

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MS Office products were followed by Browsers with 13.47 per cent of the total number of exploits by cybercriminals, Android with 9.09 per cent, Java with 2.36 per cent, Adobe Flash with 1.57 per cent and PDF with 0.66 per cent. (IANS)