We aren’t getting 3D emojis for Windows 11 after all

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  • Windows 11 users are absolutely fuming after they caught wind of the latest news to come out of Microsoft's gates.
  • Redmond officials actually announced that the 3D emojis previously advertised are not coming to the new operating system.
  • What we will get in return is a pack of 2D emojis, far from what was promised and heavily touted during months of waiting.
  • Many are now causing the tech giant of scamming its community just for profit, while big Microsoft faces are denying such allegations and say it was a marketing mistake.
Windows 11 emoji

You mush already know this, but just in case you didn’t, the Redmond-based tech company rolled out a new Windows 11 build in the Dev channel yesterday.

Build 22478 contains a bunch of new features and improvements, and it also brought Microsoft’s Fluent emoji pack, one that the company has been heavily advertising since Windows 11 was revealed to the public.

This will come as disconcerting news for many who utilize emojis in their daily workflows, but the new emojis are 2D, not at all like the 3D ones that the company has been promoting so far.

The new emojis are 2D, not 3D as promised

We all remember what Redmond officials said and a lot of people were actually waiting for this small but cool feature of the new OS.

However, all that patience has been in vain, and no, we are not getting what was advertised months ago, but some 2D version of that.

This is not a rumor, the 3D emoji are not coming to the Windows 11 emoji panel at all, as revealed by Brandon LeBlanc, Senior Program Manager of the Windows Insider Program.

It comes as no surprise that Windows 11 users are now furious and consider that they have been misled with promises Microsoft never intended to keep.

Redmond officials probably weren’t expecting such a backlash but some people are actually comparing the company to political institutions, seeing how they promise a lot and don’t deliver.

When asked about Windows 11 marketing being a scam considering that the official Windows and Windows UK Twitter accounts have also been promoting the 3D emoji as native to the OS, LeBlanc downplayed the issue.

We’ll just have to wait and see if some other software such as Teams, Yammer, or Outlook will be getting the 3D emoji instead.

Whether it was false advertising or not, we will leave it up to you to decide. But this is not the first episode in Microsoft’s ongoing series of miscommunication and under-delivering.

The tech giant had to modify its system requirements documentation for Windows 11 a couple of times before finally getting them right after the OS’ reveal.

Similarly, Android app support did not materialize in Windows 11’s launch version either, even though the feature was heavily advertised.

What is your take on this whole situation? Let us know in the comments section below.

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