Microsoft really shouldn’t let the emoji gap become a thing

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Language evolves and will continue to do so as long as humans communicate with each other. For better or worse, emojis are one of those evolutions that people now use to communicate among each other, and are essentially one of the basic features of a smartphone keyboard.

With Window 10 Microsoft added a few new emojis to the OS like skin tone modifiers, the middle finger emoji, the vulcan salute and support for skin tone modifiers, For people who communicate with emojis as enhancers, Windows 10 represents a slight improvement over Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1, but it is still not enough.

Emojis are like a language people speak, it is difficult to communicate if other people are speaking to you in a language you don’t understand, and Microsoft is now allowing Android and iOS users to move further and further ahead with emojis.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 does not support flags for one, this may not be an issue for some, but switchers who are used to showing patriotism may find it slightly harder on Windows. Much of unicode 8 isn’t supported either, with sign of the horns, upside down face and even the lonely taco left unsupported. Even the middle finger emoji, which Windows 10 supports, is hidden away and can only be accessed by typing “F*** you” into the US keyboard. Aside from the standard emoji support, Microsoft’s own built-in messaging solution does not support the latest emojis showcased on its Skype desktop, web and Outlook apps. I find it hard to believe that a web-app can be more fully featured than a native app all things being equal – but that’s how it is.

Emojis aren’t just some thing that can be dismissed as for 15-year-old girls anymore, maybe 5 years ago, but emojis are now being used everywhere, not having a complete set of emojis on any device is akin to lacking some letters on the alphabet. And that’s just ridiculous isn’t it.

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