Microsoft is making its Fluent-style emoji obtainable in Home windows 11 this week. A brand new elective replace for the OS is rolling out that features quite a lot of necessary bug fixes and the brand new emoji Microsoft previewed earlier this yr. Whereas it’s a completely new type, it’s not the 3D look that Microsoft beforehand promised — the corporate opted for 2D as an alternative.
The brand new emoji in Home windows 11 consists of the return of Clippy, as Microsoft has changed the usual paperclip emoji with its Clippy character. The emoji have additionally been redesigned to incorporate shiny and saturated colours, however lack the 3D features that made them pop.
“The new emoji style is only available in Windows 11 and is 2D,” explains Microsoft in a quiet replace to its design blog from July. “We still offer an assortment of emojis [sic] for Windows 10 customers.” This identical weblog publish nonetheless factors out that Microsoft “opted for 3D designs over 2D and chose to animate the majority of our emoji.”
It’s not clear if we’ll ever see the spectacular 3D emoji inside Home windows 11 that Microsoft demonstrated earlier this yr. The shortage of 3D might be associated to technical limitations of Microsoft’s color font format that the corporate makes use of to show emoji inside Home windows. Whereas Apple makes use of bitmaps to render its emoji, Microsoft makes use of a vector format which is way extra scalable and has file dimension advantages if emoji are flatter.
We’re nonetheless anticipating 3D and animated variations of those Fluent emoji to look in merchandise like Microsoft Groups, however if you’d like the brand new emoji in Home windows then you definately’ll have to improve to Home windows 11. Microsoft has made it clear that it doesn’t plan on bringing this new emoji to Home windows 10.