Microsoft has finally started rolling out new Fluent
Design-based emojis to Windows 11 users in the production
channel. The new emoji experience is based on Microsoft’s
Fluent Design and it matches the modern look and feel of
Windows 11. This new Fluent emoji pack also supports Unicode
emoji version 13.1 or later.
The new emoji experience is rolling out with
Windows 11 KB5007262 (Build 22000.348), which is a new
optional cumulative update and it won’t download or install
without the user’s permission.
KB5007262 is an optional cumulative update, but Microsoft says
it shouldn’t take too long before the emoji experience goes
live as part of a mandatory update for Windows 11. In other
words, you can expect these new emojis in the December 2021
Patch Tuesday release.
Unfortunately, it looks like Microsoft has no plans to bring
these modern emojis to Windows 11. Windows 11’s emojis will
remain exclusive to the new operating system, and Windows 10
users will not be getting any new emojis, at least for now.
However, this could change in future.
Closer look at new emojis in Windows 11
Unlike the previous emoji from the Windows Phone era, the new
and refreshed emoji look modern, colourful and more fun.
However, new emojis look quite different from the 3D refresh
previously teased by Microsoft.
As you can see in the above screenshots, Windows 11’s new
emojis are actually 2D, not 3D. Microsoft’s social media posts
and statements suggested that Windows 11 will also get 3D
emojis, similar to Microsoft Teams and Skype.
However, it seems like the default emoji experience will be 2D
While the emojis do not look as attractive as the ones
previously advertised by Microsoft on social media, the
refreshed emojis fit in with the new look of Windows 11.
Addressing the controversy, Microsoft officials explained that
3D emoji will only appear in apps that support them.
This means users can experience these 3D emojis in apps like
Microsoft Teams and Skype.