Microsoft has announced that it is making over 1,500 emojis from its library open source for use by developers and creators from Wednesday.
You can access Microsoft’s emoji library on Figma and Github, with the brand stating that images can be saved as SVG, PNG, and JPG files.”to allow true versatility“. However, Microsoft recommends performing a “vector, flat, monochrome version“of each emoji designed for”scale and flexibility“.
The collection will include 1,538 emojis in total, with Microsoft taking culture, religion, sexual orientation, politics and food into account. Those creating with open source code will be able to go beyond Unicode’s standard yellow skin color and use the Fitzpatrick scale to enhance emojis by an array of skin colors.
“No one knows your contexts and realities better than you, and given how important emojis are to digital expression, we wanted to make them widely usable.Microsoft vice president Jon Friedman said in a statement.
Microsoft notably has over 1,800 emojis in its library, having revamped its emoji library with 3D emojis instead of 2D emojis last year in conjunction with the Windows 11 update. Many emojis have not been made available to the open source community for legal reasonsincluding the trademarked Clippy paperclip mascot, and other emojis associated with “working from home,” which include the Windows logo, the brand said.
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Microsoft detailed in its 2022 Work Trend Index report in March that its Microsoft Teams app has seen a 32% increase in chats sent per person since March 2020 with the introduction of its 3D emojis, in addition to other new Microsoft 365 services. released during this period. These features, including emojis, have helped workers replenish their social capital with colleagues and develop thriving relationships with direct teams of remote workers.
Microsoft is now hoping that the introduction of its upcoming low-code and no-code experiences, which will roll out this fall, can also benefit from open-source emojis in similar ways.
Microsoft’s design teams are now eager to see how the creator community adds to their emoji library. The original roots of emojis evolved from Japan and its image-making traditions through prints, illustrations, anime, and more.