Microsoft is making its Fluent-style emoji available in Windows 11 this week. A new non-obligatory replace for the OS is rolling out that features numerous essential bug fixes and the new emoji Microsoft previewed earlier this 12 months. While it’s a very new model, it’s not the 3D look that Microsoft beforehand promised — the corporate opted for 2D as an alternative.
The new emoji in 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 vibrant and saturated colours, however lack the 3D points 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 weblog from July. “We still offer an assortment of emojis [sic] for Windows 10 customers.” This similar weblog submit 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 Windows 11 that Microsoft demonstrated earlier this 12 months. The lack of 3D may very well be associated to technical limitations of Microsoft’s shade font format that the corporate makes use of to show emoji inside Windows. While Apple makes use of bitmaps to render its emoji, Microsoft makes use of a vector format which is way extra scalable and has file measurement advantages if emoji are flatter.
We’re nonetheless anticipating 3D and animated variations of those Fluent emoji to look in merchandise like Microsoft Teams, however if you’d like the new emoji in Windows then you definately’ll have to improve to Windows 11. Microsoft has made it clear that it doesn’t plan on bringing this new emoji to Windows 10.