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.

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Above: Microsoft's designs for the six new smiley emojis from Emoji 11.0, including πŸ₯° Smiling Face With 3 Hearts and πŸ₯Ά Cold Face.

Microsoft first previewed this new set as part of the Insiders release in July 2018, and now join major vendors such as Twitter (Twemoji 11.0) and Google (Android 9.0 "Pie") in Emoji 11.0 support.[1]

Like recent updates from Samsung, Google and Twitter, this update also updates the vendor's πŸ”« Pistol emoji to display a toy squirt gun / water pistol - a change which was telegraphed several months ago.

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It was expected that before the end of this year all major vendors would display the πŸ”« Pistol in this fashion, and with this update this expectation has been fulfilled.

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While the πŸ”« Pistol is one of the biggest gestures toward emoji design convergence we have seen in 2018, it is by no means this update's only instance of attempted synchronization.

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 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ United States flag.

New

As with the other vendors Emoji 11.0 releases, the much-anticipated πŸ‘¨β€πŸ¦° Red Haired Man and πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦° Red Haired Woman are sure to be popular. Let's not also forget about πŸ‘¨β€πŸ¦± Curly Haired Man and πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦± Curly Haired Woman, πŸ‘¨β€πŸ¦³ White Haired Man and πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦³ Woman, White Haired, and πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦² Bald Woman and πŸ‘¨β€πŸ¦² Bald Man.

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Above: Microsoft's four new hair style emoji designs for both men and women. Each support the five Fitzpatrick Scale skin tone modifiers.

Akin to Google (unlike Twemoji), Microsoft opted to provide the four new "emoji component" code points used to create these hair style emojis with stand-alone designs, as shown below.

Emojipedia-Windows-Fall-2018-Emoji-11.0-Hair-Style-Emoji-Components Above: Microsoft has given graphic representation to the new 🦰 Emoji Component Red Hair, 🦱 Emoji Component Curly Hair, 🦳 Emoji Component White Hair and 🦲 Emoji Component Bald code points.

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.

πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦² Bald Woman and πŸ‘¨β€πŸ¦² Bald Man are not the only two new designs not to feature hair on their heads: πŸ¦Ήβ€β™‚οΈ Man Supervillain is also bald in the Microsoft extended emoji universe. Here he is alongside πŸ¦Ήβ€β™€οΈ Woman Supervillain, lurking beneath do-gooders πŸ¦Έβ€β™€οΈ Woman Superhero and πŸ¦Έβ€β™‚οΈ Man Superhero.

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Above: The man and woman variants of 🦸 Superhero and 🦹 Supervillain. When sex is not specified, 🦸 Superhero and 🦹 Supervillain appear as πŸ¦Έβ€β™€οΈ Woman Superhero and πŸ¦Ήβ€β™€οΈ Woman Supervillain respectively. All support skin tone modifiers.

Emoji 11.0 features ten new animal emojis, with the 🦑 Badger and πŸ¦› Hippopotamus displaying the creature's entire body - converging with Twemoji's designs but contrasting with Google's.

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Above: The ten new animal emojis from Emoji 11.0, including 🦘 Kangaroo and 🦞 Lobster

There are six new food and drink emojis included in this release in total.

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Above: The six new foodstuff emojis from Emoji 11.0, including πŸ₯­ Mango and 🧁 Cupcake

Emoji 11.0's other features include body parts such as 🦡 Leg and 🦢 Foot, a series of scientific objects such as πŸ₯Ό Lab Coat, some new activity-based objects like the πŸ›Ή Skateboard (notably shown from the underside) and πŸ₯ Lacrosse, as well as other new objects from 🧻 Roll of Toilet Paper to 🧨 Firecracker. A selection of these new emoji is shown below.

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Above: A selection of Microsoft's Emoji 11.0 designs. All of the vendor's new emoji designs can be viewed here.

Changes

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.

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πŸ•ŠοΈ Dove now now features an olive branch in its beak, as well as changing its directionality to be left-facing.[2].

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πŸ–₯️ Desktop Computer now displays as a stand-alone widescreen monitor, as is the norm across vendors.

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πŸ’» Laptop Computer now faces forward displaying its keyboard in-keeping the the standard seen across other vendors and the πŸ–±οΈ Computer Mouse has had its color scheme simplified.

The 🐍 Snake now features a coiled body and a leftward-facing head, as is the norm.

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The πŸ₯™ Stuffed Flatbread now features its ingredients emerging from the side of a round pitta as opposed to at the top end of an elongated wrap.

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Emojis dispalying a bright beaming sun in isolation of terrain[3], such as 🌞 Sun With Face and 🌦️ Sun Behind Rain Cloud, have an increased number of radiant beams emitting from their circular centers.

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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 β›ˆοΈ 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.

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πŸ’‡ Person Getting Haircut has had the scissors type and positioning changed. For πŸ’‡β€β™€οΈ Woman Getting Haircut the scissors are now much closer to the woman's hair. With πŸ’‡β€β™‚οΈ Man Getting Haircut the scissors is no longer sitting behind the man's emphasized tuft of hair.

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πŸ™ Octopus and πŸ¦‘ Squid now feature the anatomically correct number of legs.[4]

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🐞 Lady Beetle and πŸ¦‚ Scorpion are also now more anatomically accurate thanks to changes in their antenna and leg structures respectively. However, unlike πŸ™ Octopus and πŸ¦‘ 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:

Non-RGI Changes

Windows features a series of non-RGI ZWJ sequences based around the 🐱 Cat Face emoji. These unsanctioned ZWJ sequences all featured the character πŸ±β€πŸ‘€ Ninja Cat and exclusively display as single characters on Windows devices.

The non-RGI πŸ±β€πŸ‘€ Ninja Cat on Windows devices has had its nose and ears changed.

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There are an additional five ZWJs which display πŸ±β€πŸ‘€ Ninja Cat performing various activities, four of which received design modifications in this update.

πŸ±β€πŸš€ Astro Cat, πŸ±β€πŸ‰ Dino Cat, πŸ±β€πŸ’» Hacker Cat and πŸ±β€πŸ‘“ Hipster Cat have all been modified.

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Release

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.


  1. Apple has previewed some of their Emoji 11.0 designs on World Emoji Day this year, and these are now available in iOS 12.1 beta. β†©οΈŽ

  2. A standardization wish will be useful to have made if emoji directionality modifiers are to be implemented in the future. β†©οΈŽ

  3. As opposed to the likes of πŸŒ… Sunrise, πŸŒ„ Sunrise Over Mountains and πŸŒ‡ Sunset, where terrain is present. β†©οΈŽ

  4. 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. β†©οΈŽ