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Microsoft open-sourced most of its emoji library this week. Since the company can't resist a rebrand, it refreshed its emoji library last year and has now turned most of the results over to Figma and GitHub. All told, there are more than 1,500 (1,538 to be precise) options for users to express themselves with, but sadly none …

  1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    That's a gobbet of open source I can do without.

    1. cyberdemon Silver badge

      Assuming this is the same emoji set as used by the latest version of Teams: They are the worst emoji set IMO. Not sure what microsoft's motive is here. Maybe to try to force people to think they are normal?

      1. CB__

        I agree. The new Teams emojis are awful. The winking one looks like he's been in a fight. Who thought this 3D "upgrade" was a good idea...?

  2. Headley_Grange Silver badge


    The mention of Clippy made me shudder. I think it is responsible for my still-abiding hatred of anything moving on my screen without my express permission.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Clippy

      xroach -roaches 5000 -squish -display Headley_Grange:0 &


      1. Dr_N Silver badge

        Re: Clippy

        xneko too.

  3. r0land

    Why have never the egytians claimed copyright, or patent, protection for their beautiful hieroglyphs???

    1. Cederic Silver badge

      Even Disney haven't managed to extend copyright that long.

    2. Waseem Alkurdi

      They did.

      *That* is the reason behind the death-traps in Egyptian pyramids :-P

  4. Forget It


    Smiley Face

  5. katrinab Silver badge

    Are they not "typefaces", and therefore not subject to copyright?

    The "font software" that deals with hinting and so on, is obviously copyrightable, but the actual designs of the glyphs, I'm not so sure about.

    1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Ask TfL about New Johnston.

      1. katrinab Silver badge

        You can download the "Paddington" typeface, which looks exactly the same.

    2. IGotOut Silver badge

      Typefaces have been covered by copyright in multiple countries and then sometimes with restrictions on that.

  6. VoiceOfTruth

    The same applies to country flags

    Microsoft "owns" country flags?

    1. Def Silver badge

      Re: The same applies to country flags

      Presumably they're trying to avoid controversy by including flags of countries like Taiwan, for example.

      1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

        Re: The same applies to country flags

        They might avoid calling it country.

        1. katrinab Silver badge

          Re: The same applies to country flags

          I think the Beijing government recognises a different flag for the Province of Taiwan to the one used by the Taipei government.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: The same applies to country flags

            We don't care what the mainland provinces of Taiwan think. The Republic of China gets to choose its own flag and the flags of its rogue provinces on the mainland.

  7. Rich 2

    There be dragons

    Being Microsoft, the emojis probably have a security flaw built-in.

    1. JDPower666 Silver badge

      Re: There be dragons

      Don't worry, a 2gb patch will be released on Tuesday to fix them.

  8. tekHedd

    Just not that great

    Is this really just a cry for help?You'd think a company with as much money as MS could do better.

  9. gweedo
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    Easily one of the ugliest collections of emoji in existence. They rolled these out to teams not long back and everyone recoiled in horror. Looks like they were drawn with crayons.

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