Microsoft’s Clippy finally lands on latest Windows 11 build as an emoji

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Microsoft’s iconic clippy assistant for Office is making a big comeback on Windows 11, but in another form. Instead of bringing back Clippy as another digital assistant, the iconic character will replace the standard paperclip emoji in Microsoft’s Windows 11 operating system. The return of Clippy is part of Microsoft’s latest November 2021 Windows 11 Insider Preview build. Along with Clippy, there are several new emoji that Microsoft is showing off.

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The new emoji style that Microsoft is bringing to Windows 11 via this latest optional software update sports a 2D appearance compared to the 3D styles already previewed. The company claims that the new emoji were created using its new Fluent design style, and that its team of designers worked to make the emoji scalable.

Clippy returns as emoji in Windows 11.

“These new Fluent-style emoji being released in Windows 11 today make two of our Windows 11 design principles feel personal and familiar,” Microsoft wrote in a statement. blog Clippy’s return and post highlighting the importance of using emoji in communication. “A team of emoji designers, program managers, font experts and developers focused on creating this new emoji system. From the color palette to the modular features, the designers have created a system that will scale to a wide set of Unicode emoji. Windows 11 now offers a more modern and expressive emoji to use in your hybrid communication, allowing you to add fun, expression and personality to your communication.


The company had previously said that it would switch from 3D Emoji to 2D Emoji before the launch of Windows 11 earlier this summer, noting that it would animate many emoji on its platform. With the new Windows 11 2D Emoji, Microsoft is opting for a more modern style, with bold colors and a simple, minimalist look for the emoji.

one in previous blog post, the company said that these emoji will be exclusive to Windows 11, so Windows 10 users who don’t upgrade to the latest OS will be out of luck.

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According to technology publication ledgeDue to technical limitations in what Microsoft is trying to achieve with its emoji and color font format, 2D styling may have to be resorted to. Instead of using bitmaps like rival Apple’s, Microsoft is using vector formats to render its emoji, which offer benefits such as easier scalability and reduced file size when flatter, 2D images are used. And while 3D emoji may no longer make an orderly appearance while Microsoft has shown off its 2D emoji, The Nerdshala still expects 3D and animated emoji to appear in some niche products, such as Microsoft’s Teams app.

Microsoft is also working on fixing some widely publicized bugs that affect the performance of the operating system.

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