Windows 10’s Latest 20H1 Build Improves Emoji 12.0 Support

Posted on February 28, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows, Windows 10 with 24 Comments

Microsoft is today releasing a new build of Windows 10 from its 2020 branch to Insiders today. The company is releasing build 18845 to Insiders in the Skip Ahead program, and it’s not much of a major update.

In terms of new features, the only new feature you are getting with today’s build is improved Emoji 12.0 support. Microsoft earlier introduced all the new emoji part of Emoji 12.0 with build 18277, but it’s now improving Emoji 12.0 support. The update makes it so you can access the new emoji from the Windows 10 emoji shortcut, allowing you to quickly search and use the new emoji throughout the OS simply by WIN+(period) or WIN+(semicolon).

Keep in mind that Windows 10 20H1 is the update Microsoft will release sometime in 2020, and that is kind of confusing as Microsoft will still be releasing 19H2 builds later this year. The company is yet to provide concrete reasoning behind exactly why it is already testing the 2020 update before we are done with updates for the year. The only thing we know so far is that some of the features in the 20H1 release will “require a longer lead time” and so Microsoft is already starting to test the new builds with Insiders.

Anyway, you can find the full changelog for build 18845 here.

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Comments (24)

24 responses to “Windows 10’s Latest 20H1 Build Improves Emoji 12.0 Support”

  1. martinusv2

    Oh great, I feel more productive with emoji.

  2. CloneURpeople2

    I'd waste time inserting my own emoji here, but just imagine a brown turd with OMG stamped into it - we have come to the "shark jump" moment in human/personal computing evolution, where the vast wealth of focused coding intelligence is dedicated to . . . . the next emoji collection. Hollywood thrives on remakes, and it seems we're overdue, for perhaps a "Lego Idiocracy Tu." I used to think I was a Luddite, now I think I'm a Neanderthal, which, from new discoveries, is not such a bad description at all. My anachronistic preferences for oddities such as words, phrases, sentences, and even entire paragraphs

    staying on one topic - what was I thinking?

  3. red.radar

    We are being trolled by Mehedi.


    He knows that we think emoji suck and are not worthy of a write up.

    Next up will be some obscure mobile app adding a dark theme. who...cares....



  4. Rob_Wade

    Emoji are the most disgusting thing created. I'm so sick of them.

  5. maktaba

    Emojis are so unprofessional.

  6. Winner

    I wonder what proportion of users find emoji to be an important functionality of their desktop OS?

  7. timo47

    The company is yet to provide concrete reasoning behind exactly why it is already testing the 2020 update before we are done with updates for the year.


    MJF explains it on her blog. Short version: it has to do with aligning the development schedules of Azure and the core parts of Windows (which is not to be confused with Windows Core OS).

    • Rob_Wade

      In reply to timo47:


      So far, their explanation has been that they are doing a lot of under-the-hood work that requires more time with willing testers. That seems concrete enough to me.

    • Winner

      In reply to timo47:

      You could have shortened that sentence to something like "The company is yet to provide concrete reasoning behind many of its behaviors".

    • NoFlames

      In reply to timo47: Why do they need to provide you with concrete reasons?


      • Jackwagon

        In reply to NoFlames:

        It seems as if timo47 was quoting the article in the first paragraph, and then responding in the second paragraph (describing MJF's explanation for testing a 2020 update).


        As to your question, they don't "need" to provide a concrete reason, but it does seem somewhat unusual to test an update that is at least a full calendar year away at the same time as testing earlier builds.

  8. Rob_Wade

    I despise emoji. I start tuning out people who use them in any significant way. They just aren't worth my attention.


  9. randallcorn

    Really?


    The updates lately are ridiculous.


    We update emoji. Upgrade from version 11 of the OS to version 12. Yay.

    Apple, Oh with the new iPhone you get BIG emoji! Yay.


    Let's not worry about the real productivity issues or fixing any crashes.


    Oh our App, OS, whatever now has Dark Mode! Oooo, really?


    Who is running the show now for everyone?


    Anyways, everyone have a nice day!