Microsoft just made its Emojis open source

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How do you create new emojis? Microsoft has released all of its emoji under an open source license, making it possible for consumers and businesses to modify them.

Microsoft Open Source Emojis

The interview with Jon Friedman, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Design and Research, was published in The Verge. Friedman identifies the ability to operate from a remote location as the main impetus behind Microsoft's decision to open 3D faces.

Our conversations were no longer influenced by our facial expressions or body language, and as a result we could have deeper conversations. As emojis gained more and more popularity, people felt less self-conscious about expressing feelings through their use.

Microsoft has about 1,500 different emoji. Emojis that use the Microsoft brand are still covered by the company's license. This includes Clippy, whose loss bothers no one.

The emoji can be downloaded from Figma and GitHub respectively.

The generosity of Microsoft

This is unexpected given how infrequently Microsoft makes its tools open source. Emoticons are used more frequently by co-workers when communicating online, as many of them now work remotely.

Emoji created by Microsoft are now available for use by individuals and businesses. What Microsoft has to give is still up in the air.

The "thumbs up" emoji developed by Microsoft

The good news for emoji users is that Microsoft's emoji collection is now available to the general public. If people start using Microsoft's emoji freely, they have the potential to become standard.

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