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.

emoji bird

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.

via Techmeme

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10 replies on “Windows 10 gives you the middle finger (emoji)”

  1. Liliputing, you really missed the boat on this one. You should have highlighted the “live long and prosper” emoji. That’s much more interesting and cool to the people that read your web site than the stupid bird flipping emoji.

  2. Then if you find a really irritating bug you can send these to support 🙂

  3. Since using Windows 8 I’ve felt like I’ve been getting fucked by Microsoft for a while now…this is not too surprising.

  4. As a Brit, even after a long time in the US, I still find myself reacting to Americans who innocently indicate the number two by waving their middle and forefingers in a V front of me — the British equivalent of the middle finger (“up yours”), though I believe the US middle finger has been taking over in recent years.

    1. And in middle eastern courses, stop means go, and go means stop.
      Each culture usually has its own hand signals and body language.
      Apparently alot of towns in Florida are curse words in Lebanese.

  5. The default color is zombie gray??? I guess for Windows phone it would be appropriate.

    1. “Windows 10 gives you the middle finger” (Literally) XD

      Yep, this is the kind of stuff you can expect in MS “apps”, Sadly.

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