It’s been nearly a year since Unicode 7.0 was standardized, adding support for nearly 3 thousand new characters including a number of new emoji which give users new ways to express themselves through pictures as well as text.
One of those new emoji is a hand with a middle finger raised… but in the year since that emoji was approved it hasn’t been widely adopted. It’s not natively supported by Android, iOS, or OS X.
Microsoft is stepping up to the plate though: the middle finger Emoji is included in Windows 10, the operating system Microsoft plans to launch this summer.
Not only will you be able to flip the bird on Windows PCs and smartphones, but there are a few other new emoji features in Windows 10.
Emojipedia notes that Windows 10 will support a range of skin tones for emoji, but the default color will be grey. This color’s race-neutral since it’s not a color usually found in (living) people.
There are also some changes to the design of existing emoji, a few new emoji including slightly frowning and slightly smiling faces, and support for a live long and prosper-style raised hand with part between the middle and ring fingers.
in other news, I learned today that there’s a website called emojipedia.