Microsoft released amusing updates for all of its emoji characters as part of its Windows 11 design push, giving them more personality and texture than the previous Windows 8 and Windows 10 versions.
Now Microsoft is taking things a step further by exposing the majority of these fresh “Fluent” emoji designs on Github, where anybody may edit and use them.
Each open sourced emoji offers three variations: a fully 3D version with textures and color gradients; a flat “color” version that keeps the primary color but does away with textures and gradients; and a monochromatic “high contrast” version. These can all be found in the Windows 11 emoji menu. All emoji are made accessible as.svg vector graphics files, allowing for quality-preserving resizing and other manipulations.
The paperclip that resembles Clippy is one of the few Microsoft designs that hasn’t been made available as open source (the character is apparently copyrighted). Because the Windows logo isn’t included in Microsoft’s versions, a few other emoji aren’t available. The paperclip emoji is not among the emoji that Microsoft has published in a generic form.
You’ll see Microsoft’s emoji set while reading a message on Windows, Google’s if you’re reading it on Android, or Apple’s if you’re reading it on an iPhone or Mac. Most apps let the operating system that they’re running on handle emoji. To make sure that the characters appear exactly the same no matter where they are being viewed, some apps and websites, such as Twitter or WhatsApp, occasionally override your OS’s emoji rendering in favor of their own.
It may offer Microsoft a little more control over how emoji appear across all platforms if more apps and creators decide to utilize its emoji designs. The roughly 3,600 standard emoji characters are determined upon by the Unicode Consortium, although larger corporations can have an impact on the specifics for each symbol, as was the case in 2016 when Apple decided to change the “pistol” emoji from a handgun to a bright green squirt gun. As other businesses imitated them, a more toy-like representation has become standard on most platforms.