Microsoft is Open-Sourcing its New 3D Emoji

Posted on August 10, 2022 by Laurent Giret in Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 11 with 0 Comments

Microsoft announced today that it’s open-sourcing its entire emoji library.  Starting today, everybody can access Microsoft’s massive emoji library on GitHub and Figma. 

“An incredible team of designers and engineers spent over a year ensuring our emoji could be used in any needed format. Just as closed caption comes in different languages, emoji must exist as a SVG, PNG, and JPG file to enable true versatility,” explained John Friedman, CVP, Design & Research at Microsoft.

Microsoft recently refreshed its emoji style across Windows 11 and Microsoft 365. The redesigned 3D emoji recently landed in Microsoft Teams, an app that previously used the same animated emoji as Skype. However, reactions to these new 3D emoji have been quite ambivalent. 

Due to legal reasons, Microsoft’s can’t open-source trademarked emoji such as Clippy, but there are still over 1,500 Microsoft emoji available to download in the GitHub repository. “Our creator community is infinitely imaginative, and we can’t wait to see how you break boundaries, remix our designs, and take the Fluent emoji to places we can’t foresee,” Friedman said today. 

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