Windows 11 got some new emoji that are Fluent-style in line with the rest of the redesign of Microsoft’s new desktop OS, and Clippy is back in the mix here (more on that later).
As Microsoft revealed in a blog post, support for Emoji 13.1 has been brought in preview as part of the November 2021 cumulative update (meaning it’s still in testing).
Should you want to watch now, you can head over to Windows Update, check for the latest updates on Windows 11, and grab the KB5007262 preview patch.
Microsoft states that once installed, you can press the Windows key + the period (full-stop) key to peruse the new additions within the popup emoji picker.
As well as the new emoji, KB5007262 brings a number of changes that include dealing with some issues with File Explorer, such as fixing a bug where it stops working after closing a window.
Analysis: Clippy’s back, but in 2D, not 3D
As we mentioned at the beginning, the new emoji are looking more modern to be in line with the overall Fluent design vibe of Windows 11. They look totally smart, we think, and it’s certainly remarkable to see Clippy popping up here as the Paperclip emoji.
You might recall that Clippy is back by popular demand, as Microsoft implemented a vote for the return of the coveted assistant in July 2021, and a large number of people gave a thumbs-up to that poll. It’s definitely a welcome and fun addition.
However, what touched some nerves here is that initially (back in July), Microsoft previewed some 3D-style Fluent Design emoji, and these new additions are apparently simple 2D cases.
In October, Brandon LeBlanc, senior program manager for the Windows Insider team, said, tweeted To clarify that the 3D emoji that originally circulated a few months ago were “incorrect graphics,” he apologized, but many people still felt unsatisfied that they had something in the pipeline. Better was tricked into believing.
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