Microsoft has decided to make its 1,538 Fluent Emojis available to all Internet users, free of charge. These are 3D emoticons that can be used on Windows in several applications from the American giant, including Teams, reports the 01.Net site. They are now accessible in open source.
The objective of the American firm is to allow all users to seize them, modify them, even personalize them and thus meet the needs and expectations of each one. It’s about giving more means of expression, explained Jon Friedman, one of the heads of design and research at Microsoft, this Wednesday on Twitter. With these participatory additions, a wide variety of communities could thus be better represented.
Not all emojis are affected
The company’s approach is aimed “particularly at developers and audiences that have not been taken into account in the past. An afro hairstyle, a sari – allowing the majority of the world’s population […] to communicate as she wants, with whom she wants and when she wants, it is not only strong, it is also necessary, ”wrote the manager this Wednesday on the Microsoft blog.
It is possible to download these emojis on the official Microsoft Github and on Figma, in the form of three packs. But beware, not all of them can be modified. Flags, emojis related to video games or technology, are indeed not affected for legal reasons.