Remember the blibbet


There was a thread on Channel9 that got me to remember the blibbet.

“The blibbet?”  What on earth is a blibbet?

The blibbet is the “O” in the 2nd Microsoft logo:

Those of us who’ve been at Microsoft for a long time all have fond memories of the blibbet, which was cruely killed off in a fit of corporate ire in 1987.  Not only was it our corporate logo, but if you look at Microsoft binders from the time (1982-1987), you’ll see that the blibbet is used as a watermark on it.

At one point, I had a “save the blibbet” button, but unfortunately, I can’t seem to find it (otherwise I’d post a photo of it).

Periodically you find reminders of the blibbet around campus.  For example, the cafeterias used to offer a “Blibbet Burger” – a double cheeseburger with bacon, IIRC.

I miss the blibbet 🙂  Somehow, it reminds me of Herbie (or any other VW bug) – cute and friendly 🙂

Edit: Added more after a little bird sent me the image..

When Microsoft announced that the would be retiring the blibbet, a number of employees mounted a fruitless “Save the Blibbet” campaign to retain the corporate icon.

Unfortunately, the suits won 🙁

 

Comments (36)

  1. Anonymous says:

    "save the blibbet" is listed on the Microsoft pranks site here – http://www.exmsft.com/~hanss/pranks.htm

  2. Yup. Hans sometimes stops by here (as does KarlSc), I’m hoping he might have more 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    " For example, the cafeterias used to offer a "Blibbet Burger" – a double cheeseburger with bacon, IIRC."

    That would explain why the Microsoft health plan has to be so good. 😉

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow, blibbets and bunnies on the same day. . . sounds like a fun day at Microsoft! 🙂

  5. Anonymous says:

    So now Microsoft is after bunnies AND penguins? Is someone going to contact animal rights or do I have to =)

  6. Anonymous says:

    Here’s the blibbet in context, just in case anyone else wanted to see it:

    <img src="http://www.emsps.com/oldtools/photos/ms/win/10.jpg"&gt;

    Windows 1.02

    One of the limitations was that it could not overlap Windows, apparently. (And let’s not even get into multitasking…)

    (Source: <a href="http://www.emsps.com/oldtools/mswinv.htm">http://www.emsps.com/oldtools/mswinv.htm</a&gt;

  7. Penguins? Where do penguins come from (other than mommy penguins).

  8. Anonymous says:

    Teh intarwebs haev corrupted me! I see the blibbet and think goatse…

  9. Anonymous says:

    "Penguins? Where do penguins come from (other than mommy penguins). "

    Tux? 🙂

  10. Anonymous says:

    [quote]

    http://www.emsps.com/oldtools/photos/ms/win/10.jpg

    Windows 1.02

    [/quote]

    Oh, I see MS Write and Paint…

    Err… Isn’t Paint named PaintBrush first? I must have remembered it wrong. 🙂

  11. Anonymous says:

    The only thing I have with the bibblet is my 1984 copy of "Microsoft BASIC Interpreter for Apple Macintosh". It just seems wrong to part with such an antiquated book.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Well, this year I didn’t miss the anniversary of my first blog post.

    I still can’t quite believe it’s…

  13. Anonymous says:

    I know people are thinking of me when 4 of them (who have no relation to each other) send me a link to

  14. Anonymous says:

    You’ve seen these tech logos everywhere, but have you ever wondered how they came to be? Did you know

  15. Anonymous says:

    Not surprisingly, I’m the security contact for my small part of the Windows organization (it’s called