Today, Microsoft announced that it’s open-sourcing its entire emoji library, which includes both images and code. The move may not seem like a big deal to you if you don’t use emojis in your everyday communications. However, if you have ever sent an emoji message to your friends, family, or co-workers through your smartphone, this news probably holds special meaning!
3D Emoji New Update
Microsoft announced today that it’s open-sourcing its entire 3D emoji library. Starting today, everybody can access Microsoft’s massive emoji library on GitHub and Figma. The update includes more than 3,500 new 3D emojis, which means that there are now more than 30,000 3D emojis available to everyone. This is a huge step forward for the company, which has been working on 3D emojis for several years now. With this move, Microsoft is making its emoji library available to everyone, not just those who use Windows 10.
How do emojis work?
Emojis are ideograms and smileys used in electronic messages and web pages. Emoji exist in various genres, including facial expressions, common objects, places and types of weather, and animals. They are much like emoticons, but emojis are actual pictures instead of typographic. The word emoji is a compound of the Japanese words e meaning picture, Emo meaning character, and Ji meaning symbol.
What makes this initiative different?
When it comes to 3D emoji, Microsoft is now open-sourcing its entire emoji library. This means that anybody can access the company’s massive emoji library on GitHub and Figma. This provides a huge boost for open source projects and shows that Microsoft is committed to making its products more accessible to everyone. This is a big win for both open source projects and Microsoft itself.
Why is this important?
Microsoft has over 2,800 different 3D emojis in its library. The company has been working on expanding its emoji library since 2016. In order to design so many emojis, Microsoft partnered with MojiLaLa, a service that allows users to create and share their own 3D emojis. MojiLaLa provided Microsoft with access to over 200,000 3D emoji models. With so many options to choose from, it’s no wonder that Microsoft was able to create such a diverse library of emojis.
How did they design so many emojis in the first place?
When creating a new emoji, designers start with a basic 3D model. From there, they add in facial expressions, clothing, and other accessories to create a unique character. With so many different possibilities, it’s no wonder that Microsoft has such a large library of emojis. Plus, by open-sourcing their library, they’re making it easier for others to create new emojis of their own.
How can I use them?
Microsoft’s open-sourcing of its emoji library is great news for those of us who enjoy using 3D emoji in our communications. Now that the library is available on GitHub and Figma, we can all access it and use the emoji in our own projects.