Microsoft has unveiled an updated Unicode emoji font. The new emoji are more voluminous and saturated in color, in line with the Fluent Design style.
The character Skrepish is used as an emoji clip. On July 14, Twitter promised to Replace the paperclip emoji with Skrepysh if the tweet gets 20,000 likes. As a result, the number of likes exceeded 100 thousand.
Skrepysh is a character of the Office Assistant feature, which appeared in Microsoft Office 97 and was supposed to help novice users, but was criticized because of its intrusiveness. Children’s book illustrator Kevan Atteberry drew the character on a Mac. The feature was disabled by default in Office XP and removed in Office 2007 and Office 2008 for Mac.
In 2019, the Microsoft Teams messenger introduced animated stickers with the Clip, but there were removed in a few days. In early July, the Microsoft 365 team released various backgrounds for Teams, including with Skrepish.
The updated emoji font will start appearing in Microsoft 365 products within a few months. It will first appear on Flipgrid, Windows, and Teams over the New Year holidays. Yammer, Outlook, and other Microsoft Office applications are also coming soon with new emojis.