Today is an important day. It’s the 15th anniversary of when Microsoft Bob went on sale. Some of you may not be old enough to remember Microsoft Bob. It was supposed to produce a “non-technical interface” to MS Windows. In reality because synonymous with complete and total failure because it was a total flop. The project was led by Melinda French who you know better as Melinda Gates, Bill Gates’s wife. You could look at this as a bizarre form of bailing out a woman.
Despite being a total failure, Bob stayed around in Microsoft software. The annoying paperclip, Clippy, that used to be in MS Office several versions ago is a direct descendant of Bob and a total failure as well. In fact it wasn’t until Vista that Bob was completely eliminated from all Microsoft software.
Go out and be happy you aren’t using Bob.