Friday, March 6, 2009 at 2:14PM
No, Laura isn't actually a human being, but she's more life-like than Clippy, the annoying Microsoft Office 97 digital assistant.
Fast forward more than ten years from Clippy's birth to that of Laura, a virtual assistant that rather than help correct grammatical errors, write a letter or navigate the Microsoft Office UI, helps to schedule travel reservations and book movie tickets. She even recognizes your attire and knows if you're engaged in a conversation so as to not interrupt -- quite the improvement from Clippy if you ask me,
Unfortunately, Laura has yet to come in other shapes or sizes.