Microsoft has added support for Emoji 11.0 in the latest update of Windows 10 known as the October 2018 Update. In addition to these new emojis, noteworthy modifications to earlier emoji designs are also included in this latest release.
Featuring 157 new emojis in total, users will find popular additions such as a mango, lobster, party face and redheads.
Like recent updates from Samsung, Google and Twitter, this update also updates the vendor's 🔫 Pistol emoji to display a toy squirt gun / water pistol - a change which was telegraphed several months ago.
A total of 55 previously released Microsoft emoji designs have today been modified, as well as a further five changes to emojis not presently Recommended for General Interchange (RGI). Many of the design tweaks were evidently made to better align Window's emoji suite with the converging design choices made by other major vendors.
As of this update, Windows continues to lack support for the various national and subdivision flag emojis, and instead shows the various characters within these sequences (eg the letters US for the 🇺🇸 United States flag.
As with the other vendors Emoji 11.0 releases, the much-anticipated 👨🦰 Red Haired Man and 👩🦰 Red Haired Woman are sure to be popular. Let's not also forget about 👨🦱 Curly Haired Man and 👩🦱 Curly Haired Woman, 👨🦳 White Haired Man and 👩🦳 Woman, White Haired, and 👩🦲 Bald Woman and 👨🦲 Bald Man.
Above: Microsoft's four new hair style emoji designs for both men and women. Each support the five Fitzpatrick Scale skin tone modifiers.
These aren't shown on the emoji keyboard and aren't intended for separate display, but may show in circumstances such as apps that don't correctly display ZWJ Sequences.
👩🦲 Bald Woman and 👨🦲 Bald Man are not the only two new designs not to feature hair on their heads: 🦹♂️ Man Supervillain is also bald in the Microsoft extended emoji universe. Here he is alongside 🦹♀️ Woman Supervillain, lurking beneath do-gooders 🦸♀️ Woman Superhero and 🦸♂️ Man Superhero.
Above: The man and woman variants of 🦸 Superhero and 🦹 Supervillain. When sex is not specified, 🦸 Superhero and 🦹 Supervillain appear as 🦸♀️ Woman Superhero and 🦹♀️ Woman Supervillain respectively. All support skin tone modifiers.
There are six new food and drink emojis included in this release in total.
Emoji 11.0's other features include body parts such as 🦵 Leg and 🦶 Foot, a series of scientific objects such as 🥼 Lab Coat, some new activity-based objects like the 🛹 Skateboard (notably shown from the underside) and 🥍 Lacrosse, as well as other new objects from 🧻 Roll of Toilet Paper to 🧨 Firecracker. A selection of these new emoji is shown below.
Above: A selection of Microsoft's Emoji 11.0 designs. All of the vendor's new emoji designs can be viewed here.
Design convergence with other vendors is a clear priority for Microsoft, with many changes either correcting past mistakes, tweaking designs, or often moving a design closer to how it might be displayed on other platforms.
🚯 No Littering now correctly bans littering, rather than banning putting litter in a trash can.
🖥️ Desktop Computer now displays as a stand-alone widescreen monitor, as is the norm across vendors.
The 🐍 Snake now features a coiled body and a leftward-facing head, as is the norm.
Emojis dispalying a bright beaming sun in isolation of terrain, such as 🌞 Sun With Face and 🌦️ Sun Behind Rain Cloud, have an increased number of radiant beams emitting from their circular centers.
Additionally, the four cloud emojis which emit weather events like rain and snow have been tweaked to display more of these elements or, in the case of 🌩️ Cloud With Lightning and ⛈️ Cloud With Lightning and Rain, make their lightning bolt darker and extend further down from the body of the cloud. These too better match the design choices of other major vendors.
💇 Person Getting Haircut has had the scissors type and positioning changed. For 💇♀️ Woman Getting Haircut the scissors are now much closer to the woman's hair. With 💇♂️ Man Getting Haircut the scissors is no longer sitting behind the man's emphasized tuft of hair.
🐞 Lady Beetle and 🦂 Scorpion are also now more anatomically accurate thanks to changes in their antenna and leg structures respectively. However, unlike 🐙 Octopus and 🦑 Squid, this anatomic accuracy is congruent with other vendors' depictions.
The remaining emojis changed in this update but not not highlighted or discussed here are as follows:
- 🏐 Volleyball
- 🏒 Ice Hockey
- 🐝 Honeybee
- 🐬 Dolphin
- 🔍 Magnifying Glass Tilted Left
- 🔎 Magnifying Glass Tilted Right
- 🍤 Fried Shrimp
- 🕷️ Spider
- 🥅 Goal Net
- 🥐 Croissant
- 🥕 Carrot
- 🦈 Shark
- 🦓 Zebra
- ⚾️ Baseball
- ⚗️ Alembic
Windows features a series of non-RGI ZWJ sequences based around the 🐱 Cat Face emoji. These unsanctioned ZWJ sequences all featured the character 🐱👤 Ninja Cat and exclusively display as single characters on Windows devices.
The non-RGI 🐱👤 Ninja Cat on Windows devices has had its nose and ears changed.
There are an additional five ZWJs which display 🐱👤 Ninja Cat performing various activities, four of which received design modifications in this update.
These emoji updates are coming to all Windows 10 users starting October 2, and rolling out in a staggered release.
Those using Windows Insider builds would have already received these updates at various stages over the past few months, varying based on the fast or slow ring options.
- Browse every Microsoft Emoji
- Windows 10 October 2018 Update New Emojis
- Windows 10 October 2018 Update Changed Emojis
This is not reflective of other vendors design choices, where between two and six tentacles are general shown - instead, this is an instance where accurate divergence was favored over convergence. ↩︎