Microsoft open source its 3D emojis with some exceptions

Microsoft Design announced that it has just made most of its 3D Emoji open source, so that the community can use and remix them.

In an article in the Microsoft Design space on Medium, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Design and Research Jon Friedman, commented what “Starting today, you can open source most of our emoji library at Figma and in Github 🥳. There are a few exceptions (read the fine print below), but there’s a real smorgasbord of emoji for you to build and build on.«.

Friedman also announced the good news for the creative community through his Twitter account. Twitter:

In total there are 1,538 emoji so that, as Friedman rightly says, any creator can create experiences that serve the needs of their community, applying it especially to developers and audiences that have historically never been included.

Regarding the latter, Friedman also comments that “Getting off the Fitzpatrick scale was one of our motivations for launching our open source Fluent emoji, but it goes far beyond physical attributes. Culture, religion, sexual orientation, politics, food – no one knows your contexts and realities better than you do, and given the importance of emoji in the realm of digital expression, we wanted them to be widely available for use.”

Microsoft 3D Emoji
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In the announcement they also point out that not all of Microsoft’s 3D emoji are found within the open source Emoji and contrary to what some wanted, they did not release the famous Clippy, nor for legal reasons the country flag emoji, video games and technology.

Without a doubt, this is very good news for the entire community, not only for the community of creators, because when the latter begin to remix the emoji, finally the entire user community will benefit.

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