17.06.2022 Rafaela Benez

Emojis: Microsoft’s 3D Fluent smileys did not please the public

In today’s world, emojis are essential to our digital communication. They help us express emotion, tone, and personality in text-based conversations. Unfortunately, when these smileys are meant to stand for the entire human experience, they often fall short. The team at Microsoft is hoping to change that with Fluent Emojis – a new set of animated smileys that capture human expression in a way that regular ones can’t.

“You shouldn’t have to guess how someone feels or what they want you to do,” explains Leah Groper of Microsoft’s Office Design Team. “Microsoft Fluent Emoji would help convey emotion and personality in text-based communications.”

Animated emoji to use on Windows

Fluent Emojis is a new project from Microsoft that gives users animated, 3d smilys options to use in the Windows 10 operating system.

Previously, Windows had only offered static 2d images, but to keep up with their competitors, they decided to create their own set of animated emojis. The decision to create the new ones came from the frustration felt by some users when there were no options for expressing certain emotions and feelings online.

The creators were inspired by “duck face” selfies and other exaggerated ways of expressing emotions online.

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The public verdicts on Twitter X Microsoft's feedback page

The update was not so appreciated by the public, especially the so loud Twitter users who have been very vocal about their feelings about it. Here are some of the most recent (and funny) tweets about it.

The comment section of Microsoft’s feedback page is also full of bad reviews of the new emojis. Like we did with the tweets, here are some opinions outside the funny social media bubble.

What does Creative Skyline think about it?

Our team’s opinion does not fall far from the public. Max Kandler, our customer support hero, says that it will be a bit hard to use and understand them. “When I saw the emoji change, it scared me. I immediately thought about how difficult it will be to write and convey the correct message to the colleague or client. To make the message easier to understand, I always use emojis”.

Naira Taiwo, the hero of social media, has told her opinion as well, and she does not dislike them. “The new ones are prettier and more modern, but they still don’t appear to me”, she said.

And even our CEO had some opinions about the matter too. Sascha Neumann said that he does not dislike them, and people just need time to get used to them. “For me, used the emojis are not bad, I guess I was just used to the other, so it takes time to get used to the new 3D emojis”, says.

Last, but not least, the person writing this finds them a bit weird smiley and looks like they are kind of blurred. The strong yellow and orange-ish of smiley faces did not help to create an empathetic look. (Hi, I am breaking the fourth wall here talk to us, what do you think of them?).

We just wanted to make it clear that the team loves and appreciates Teams as a platform. We use Teams every day in every working hour. It is an all-in-one tool that helps a lot to connect our work and makes every engine of Creative Skyline do a wonderful job.

Previously, Windows had only offered static 2D emoji

Emojis have been around since 1999, but they’re only becoming more popular. Emojis are used in text messages and social media posts to add some fun to your communications. They’re also a form of nonverbal communication that can be used to express emotions or personality.

The 3D Fluent Emoji feature of Windows 10 allows you to make your personalized emojis using 3D models. These emojis will be available on all devices running Windows 10.

The decision to create the new emojis

The decision to create the new emojis came from the frustration felt by some users when there were no options for expressing certain emotions and feelings. The old emojis were limited in their ability to depict complex expressions, which has resulted in many users using non-standard characters like math symbols, punctuation marks, and letters as substitutes.

Microsoft listened to this feedback and decided that it would be worth creating more expressive ways of communicating with their 3D Fluent Emojis. Let’s see how they will react now if the feedback stays this negative.

The creators were inspired by exaggerated ways of expressing emotions online

Microsoft’s vision for the future of emojis is in the same vein as these trends: to make them more expressive. The creators were inspired by “duck face” selfies and other exaggerated ways of expressing emotions online, according to a Microsoft blog post:

“We all know that the emoji universe doesn’t have enough ways to express complex emotions or convey tone,” wrote Stephanie Hannon, chief experience officer at Microsoft. “The goal is to create an inclusive experience, so people can share their personalities more fully on any device.”

The team also saw inspiration in emojis themselves, which are often more abstract than you’d think. “People have been using emojis with great results,” says Nolan Barkhouse, director of product marketing at Microsoft. “It isn’t always obvious whether they’re smiling or angry.”

The emojis are separated into 5 groups based on mood – happy, surprised, sad, angry, and loving

Now you can express yourself with all the colors of the emojis. Microsoft has released 15 Fluent emojis that are animated, 3D, and available in the Windows 10 operating system. You can find them in the Windows 10 store or search for them in your search bar.

Using animated emojis can make it easier to express emotion and personality in digital communication

Emojis are a great way to express emotion and personality in digital communication, which is why we’re so excited about Microsoft’s new set of 3D Fluent Emojis.

If you haven’t seen them yet, there are many types of 3D Fluent Emojis available: animals, people, food, and drink items (including coffee), sports equipment, and more. There are even seasonal varieties like holiday-themed characters like Santa Claus or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, as well as popular symbols like peace signs/heart signs/hand signals for things like “rock on!” or “yes!”

If you want to be able to use these animated emojis in your, messages or other apps they support would need some sort of integration, but I don’t know if this will happen anytime soon (or ever).

Conclusion

There are many things to like about the new Microsoft Fluent Emojis. The design can be seen as more modern, easy to read, and understanding what you need before you even type it in. The use of colors helps convey emotions that cannot be expressed with words alone.

One particularly good side to it is that the new ones include a wide variety of different skin tones for people emoji, which helps represent everyone using these icons on their devices. While there are still some issues with how they appear across different platforms (such as iOS), these can be fixed by changing your settings.

Overall, we’re giving Microsoft Fluent Emojis two out of four stars because, like any emoji set, they can help to convey emotions without words. But they can improve on appearance and right now, we cannot expect them to work perfectly everywhere.

If you want to keep up with the updates of this case you can tune in our blog, we made it with our hearts ♥ to make things easier, or you can go directly to Microsoft’s Feedback Page.