Microsoft Agent

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Microsoft Agent was a downloadable Windows component which allowed for interactive animated characters (known as "Agent Characters") to be used in applications, usually as assistants. One notable use of Microsoft Agent was in Microsoft Office, where a certain animated paperclip would be your assistant.

History

Available characters

Microsoft Agent 1.0 (Office '97)

  • Clippit (a paperclip) (Bundled with Office '97)
  • The Dot (a shape-shifting smiley-faced red ball) (Bundled with Office '97)
  • Hoverbot (a robot) (Bundled with Office '97)
  • The Genius (a caricature of Albert Einstein) (Bundled with Office '97)
  • Office Logo (a jigsaw puzzle, which was the logo at the time) (Bundled with Office '97)
  • Mother Nature (an Earth) (Bundled with Office '97)
  • Scribble (an origami-esque cat) (Bundled with Office '97)
  • Power Pup (a superhero dog) (Bundled with Office '97)
  • Will (a caricature of William Shakespeare) (Bundled with Office '97)
  • Max (a Macintosh Plus computer) (officially released for Macintosh)
  • Kairu the Dolphin
  • The Monkey King (Chinese)

Microsoft Agent 2.0

  • Merlin (a wizard) (Bundled with Windows XP as part of OoBE [Out of Box Experience/Initial Setup])
  • Genie (a genie)
  • Robby (a robot)
  • Peedy (a green parrot, used heavily by Microsoft in demos)
  • Clippit (a paperclip) (Bundled with Office 2000, XP, and 2003)
  • The Dot (a shape-shifting smiley-faced red ball) (Bundled with Office 2000, XP, and 2003)
  • F1 (a robot) (Bundled with Office 2000, XP, and 2003)
  • Office Logo (a jigsaw puzzle) (Bundled with Office 2000, XP, and 2003)
  • Mother Nature (an Earth) (Bundled with Office 2000, XP, and 2003)
  • Links (a cartoon cat) (Bundled with Office 2000, XP, and 2003)
  • Rocky (a dog) (Bundled with Office 2000, XP, and 2003)
  • Rover (another dog) (Bundled with Windows XP as a help guide)
  • Bonzi (Bundled with later versions of BonziBUDDY as a replacement for Peedy)
  • Kairu the Dolphin
  • Saeko Sensei (Part of the Office XP Multilingual Pack; Japanese)
  • The Monkey King (Part of the Office XP Multilingual Pack; Chinese)

Trivia

  • The original Microsoft Agent 2.0 doesn't work correctly with Aero's desktop composition (DWM), causing a solid colored box to appear behind the character, whose color differs across assistants.