What happened now? The latest preview of Windows 11 introduces a new emoji style. Following a PR campaign that kicked off this summer, Microsoft decided to resurrect Clippy as one of the new emojis.
Update introduces emojis that should be more in line with the Free Windows 11 design style. They are therefore exclusive to Windows 11. You can activate them by going to Windows Update under Settings> Update & Security.
These are the new emojis that Microsoft teased back in October. The graphics used by the Windows UK Twitter account at the time led some to believe that Microsoft was planning to give its new emojis a little 3D depth. It turned out to be not, as the account later admitted to their mistake and the new emojis released this week are indeed 2D.
If it gets 20k likes, we’ll replace the paperclip emoji in Microsoft 365 with Clippy. pic.twitter.com/6T8ziboguC
– Microsoft (@Microsoft) Jul 14, 2021
The resurrected Clippy replaced the standard paperclip emoji. Clippy has been nothing more than a meme for most of the past two decades, but people old enough to use Microsoft Office in the late 1990s probably remember the original Office Assistant avatar, which seemed to offer clues. At the time, users generally found Clippy as annoying, and in the days of Windows XP, this character faded into obscurity.
Microsoft’s main Twitter account this July proposed return Clippy to replace his paperclip emoji if the tweet gets 20,000 likes. The tweet received over 173,000 likes, so Redmond made the changes as promised.