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Microsoft Teams now has over 800 emojis in public preview

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Teams now has over 800 emojis available in public preview.
  • Teams now has category and skin tone selectors for emojis.
  • You can also use a shortcode picker in Teams.

If you love using emojis, you're in luck. Microsoft Teams now supports over 800 emojis in its public preview. Before this update, Teams only supported 85 emojis (😥). In addition to adding over 700 additional emojis, Microsoft Teams now has a category selector, skin tone selector, and shortcode picker.

The skin tone selector makes emojis more inclusive on Teams. You can now select between six different skin tones on the communication app. To swap skin tones, you just need to right-click on any emoji with a dot in the top-right corner.

The new category selector should make it much easier to find the emoji that you want. Teams splits emojis into nine different categories, smilies, hand gestures, people, animals, food, travel and places, activities, objects, and symbols.

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The shortcode picker makes it easier to search for emojis if you know their name. For example, you can search "(smi)" and be shown all of the emojis that start with "smi,' such as smile, smirk, and smilecat.

To use these new emojis and emoji options, your tenant needs to be on the Teams public preview. Once that's set up, the new emojis and options will be enabled by default for tenants with emojis turned on.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

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