Microsoft has shown the audacity of including raised middle finger emoji support in Windows 10, the forthcoming operating system for Microsoft’s phones, PCs and tablets.
Actions speak louder than words! This was the prime reason why there was a surge of popularity for emoji symbols in the last couple of years. Mobile, smartphone users found its potent use in text messages, using it brighten up their discussion and have animated conversations. For the first time, an operating system has officially added an emoji with one raised middle finger as a way of communicating with others.
Windows 10 supports new Emoji
Skin tone modifiers, the middle finger, and a sassier information desk person are amongst the emoji updates in Windows 10.
It’s not Apple or Android who’s taking the lead but surprisingly Microsoft. It is learnt the latest update to Windows 10, the forthcoming operating system for Microsoft’s phones, PCs and tablet devices will include support for the middle finger emoji. Apple, in its iOS 8.3 update, declined to include the support for potentially offensive emoji but it seems Microsoft shows the audacity of going straight ahead and including it.
Microsoft started incorporating emojis with the advent of Windows 8 in 2012 and added color support for Windows 8.1 in 2013. A blog post on Emojipedia page shows a nice chronology of emoji availability in Windows, showing Windows 8 as the first OS to support the popular textual symbols but only in black-and-white versions. With Windows 8.1, the support for color emoji was introduced.
Microsoft’s implementation of the middle finger emoji includes a variety of skin tones, from its new default grey to many shades of brown: Emojipedia reports there are five skin tone options in addition to neutral gray—pale, cream white, moderate brown, dark brown, and black. Besides, support for middle finger emoji, the update to Windows 10 includes several other changes to the little icons, detailed in a post on today.