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How Microsoft’s Story Remix does what Clippy couldn't

If it works as advertised, it could be a transformational app for consumers fed up with their ever-growing libraries of digital media. It’s the latest attempt by Microsoft to make your life easier by predicting what you want. But, as you’ll recall, that hasn’t always worked out well for the company.

“Clippy was actually a very early attempt at trying to look at patterns of what you’re doing, but it didn’t have the benefit of all this deep learning tech that’s available now,” said Microsoft Corporate Vice President Chris Pratley, the man behind Story Remix, in an interview with Engadget. With his previous project, Sway, he tried to rethink how you could create text and media-based stories without worrying about formatting worries. Story Remix is the next logical step.