Windows 10 emoji give new skin tones, middle finger and some sass

Microsoft is adding a number of new emoji symbols for Windows 10, and one of them will offer a way to give other people the finger. For the first time, an operating system has officially added an emoji with one raised middle finger as a way of communicating with others.

Putting edginess aside, there are some other notable changes too.

While emoji symbols have been around for a while, they have seen a surge of popularity in the last couple of years as mobile phone users have begun to incorporate them more in their text messages. Microsoft started incorporating emojis out of the box starting with Windows 8 in 2012 and added color support for Windows 8.1 in 2013.

According to the Emojipedia website, there will be six color variations for the many emoji in Windows 10. It adds that another emoji look's like Mr. Spock's Vulcan Salute in Star Trek in Microsoft's new OS, similar to the one that was added by Apple in April's iOS emoji update.

These are the other notable changes noted on the blog:

  • Unicode 7 Additions
  • People/face icons are less comical
  • Diversity (pale, cream white, moderate brown, dark brown, and black skin tones)
  • Neutral gray skin tone

The article notes that Microsoft has decided to make gray as the default skin color for emoji people, rather than a bright shade of yellow for iOS or Android users. This change to a more neutral skin tone is meant to reflect the increased demand for color diversity from users, who may not identify with 'white' emoji. If users do not want the gray version, they can choose one of six color variations mentioned above.

Source: Emojipedia; Via: Reddit

164 Comments
  • Six different shades of middle fingers. Just what I needed ^_^
  • They please bring back the SNAP feature from Win8.1. I can't Snap apps anymore with my Win10 TP
  • Just use Tablet Mode.
  • Ooh really....will try. Never considered tablet mode. Thanks bro.
  • You can still snap, its more like Windows 7. Or as Zapella Tiago suggested use tablet mode.
  • So I can be ethically diverse when I tell you to go fuck yourself.
  • *cries in Spanish*
  • ?
  • Ahhh, Soraya
  • *Cries in Feat. Pitbull*
  • *dies in Spanish*
  • Ugh *hating the escuincla del demonio*
  • I love you windows 10, :D
  • What, that's not an upside down ice cream bar on a stick?
  • Looks like a Carmel apple
  • Middle finger is a very important feature, has been missing for a long time
  • Honestly, they could just add the middle finger emoji, call it Windows 10, and I'd be satisfied.
  • I agree
  • I with you.
  • There with ya
  • Yep haha
  • Those fingers are for GOOGLE :P
  • GOOGLE has 6 letters. Thats y 6 fingers.... :D
  • Lol...good one
  • Coincidence?
  • Or deliberately planned? :P
  • But not the same colors used. Unfortunately..
  • But Google letters ha e different colours.....FUC* YOU GOOGLE
  • Or for Windows Phone..
  • Heehee
  • That's why it is windows 10 with a middle finger
  • Lol
  • A simple way to say Fuck You, thanks MS. :)
  • LOL
  • Hopefully they fix some of their emojis too cuz a few are completely different on windows than other platforms.
  • ^THIS ...and it is quite annoying to have to guess, which is which
  • I agree! They should just make it the look like they do in WhatsApp. I find it really difficult to select emojis in 'hike'. Because my Android using friends see them differently.
  • It's frustrating, yeah. This is one case where I hope they copy Android instead of iOS. A lot of the iOS emoji are RUBBISH.
  • I noticed a few builds ago they fixed the Information desk/hair flip one and figured they'd adjust the whole set. It's funny because with that one specifically, the 8 version is exactly what it's supposed to be but no one actually uses it as such
  • Especially the waving girl!
  • They've changed 8 so far. I sent in a tip to WinCentral and Wmpoweruser, only the latter picked it up. http://microsoft-news.com/new-emojis-spotted-on-windows-10-build-10041/
    I'm hoping they'll add in all the other emoji they're missing though, it's annoying when some of them that show up on android/iOS simply aren't available on Windows.
  • Who's got grey skin tone o_O
  • No one, that's the point. You can't offend someone since no one is grey.
  • Why does no one ever think of the poor aliens?
  • LOL :D you're funny
  • I think you underestimate people's capacity to conjure offense out of thin air.
  • Except that one episode where everyone was grey in Fairly Odd Parents ;)
  • People who suffer from Silver poisoning do.  As noted below, more of a bluish-grey.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argyria Argyria or argyrosis (from Ancient Greek: ἄργυρος argyros silver) is a condition caused by inappropriate exposure to chemical compounds of the element silver, or to silver dust.[1] The most dramatic symptom of argyria is that the skin turns blue or bluish-grey. It may take the form of generalized argyria or local argyria. Generalized argyria affects large areas over much of the visible surface of the body
  • the hulk turns grey. i dont think youll want to be offensive to the hulk
  • Diversity seems to involve gray aliens now.
  • Those short thingy's that took Mulders sister, Samantha ;)
  • And apparently they are dressing up s human families. This is taking me out.
  • *freaking
  • Grey aliens O.o
  • Go up on YouTube & search "Learn to fight in 5mins" you'll find some Grey peeps ovr there.
  • Ever seen a bright light at night and woken up sore after a dreamy trip around Uranus? It wasn't a dream, and They were grey.
  • Voldemort
  • Zombies. Preferred race of Windows 10!
  • Haha its obvious dude, remove one letter from the word gray and will figure it out..hahahaha
  • Ray people? :)
  • But will they be compatible with iOS and Android Emojis? As of now I can't see the new Emojis from them. Can't we just have a universal emoji system?
  • They all use Unicode
  • The emoji system is, in fact, universal. Compatibility is a problem when you don't have the updated/latest unicode. This update should resolve that.
  • Cool, now we can all tweet Evan Spiegel with a single emoji!
  • Chuck Norris approves!
  • Evan is going to be SPAMMED and put on bread! With brown sauce and fried egg. Snap.
  • Is that a middle finger or a reclined Pinocchio....
  • It might be a sybian. Which serves the same purpose as a finger.
  • Oh! I see what you did there!
  • Oh...
  • I'm surprised no one has figured out a way to have color picker like you have for fonts. That way you wouldn't need 6 different shades of the same emoji.
  • With the frequency with which emojis are used, no one would give a rat's ass for a color picker.
  • How would it be much different or better though? I mean you'd highlight the emoji, click the color picker, choose the color. As opposed to tapping and holding the emoji, then choosing the color.
  • Because a colour picker would require text formatting. What Unicode does only requires plain text without any effects. All shades available for Emoji are additional characters. If you want a color picker, and still the same Unicode-support; you'll need 17 million characters just for skin tone.
  • Middle finger thing was not expected, this will just increase the absurdity n rage. No offense, but didn't like it personally.
  • Don't use it?
  • They have a poop emoji. I think its fine to have this.
  • Thank you. It' gross. I Hope Microsoft won't continue with this trend.
  • Unicode decided to include middle finger, they decided to add Pile of Poo, they even included Part Between Middle and Ring Finger (aka Vulcan Sign) Microsoft, Apple, Google just makes sure that the characters shows up properly. They didn't decide that these should be included.
  • Having an option is not bad. Like SettleAsRobin said, if poop is acceptable but not widely used, this is acceptable too.
  • Great!
  • Most of these new emojis have been available since build 10067 and thus present in 10074 FYI PS. A bit ironic Windows Central doesn't let you comment with emojis…
  • It does... Just limited emojis though !    *edit* Just noticed that while it does allow you to add them in the HTML editor it does not allow it to post on the website. That is very strange...
  • As long as they keep poop I'm happy. Could use multiple shades of brown and a green one for when you eat too much children's cereal.
  • #BlackEmojisMatter
  • The Middle Finger Emoji is awesome!!
    You'd think people have better things to do than complain about the skin color of the emojis on their phone
  • Agreed! Most idiotic thing to complain about...they're yellow anyway, no one has yellow skin
  • While not technically yellow, yellow is used to describe the Asian skin tone. It's lame and makes no sense, but that's what it has been for years.
  • No....they're Caucasian. We're not talking about the yellow faces that are at the top, we're talking about the actual people emoji that are white.
  • Glad to see I'm not the only one thinking that. Will they let us choose a default colour for our emojis though...
  • Well, not everybody can identify as white. It may seem trivial to you, but to someone who IS a POC, having emoji that represent their skin colour is an acknowledgement that they are actual human beings who use technology that exist in the world. Besides, diversity isn't about people complaining. Sure, that happens and usually it's with good reason. It's about ensuring that all people, regardless of race or ethnicity are represented fairly and equally. It shouldn't matter to you whether a POC is upset because they can't use coloured emoji. The fact is there is no reason why emoji can't be any colour other than white. This all my opinion on the matter of course. Thought I'd answer your question with a bit of perspective. :)
  • But when I text someone the middle finger emoji will they only be able to see it if they have a WP?
  • It might look like just a box. But idk, it'll probably come to every OS later.
  • It's already on/coming to the other OSes, Microsoft is catching up.
  • Android doesn't support that (maybe in Android M?) - iOS doesn't support it (maybe in iOS 9?) - different OSes is first on different things.
  • I don't know anyone that's yellow so I'm not sure how it was a problem.
  • maybe The Simpsons conventioned that yellow cartoon people = caucasian. or maybe it can be seen as a caricaturized view of japanese/chinese people. people can be offended with prety much anything.
  • The emoji that are yellow are staying yellow. The emoji that are currently Caucasian are being modded to be any race. Why is this so difficult for people to grasp?
  • I though it said it gives ..."middle finger, and soma a**
  • Omg I've hope for a middle finger since SO much time and now it's Microsoft who brings it in Windows 10. Awesome !!
  • Uh...the Middle finger emoji was already coming way before this announcement.
  • This should be enough reason for ppl to switch to Windows.
  • Will there be an update for windows phone 10 today
  • The default grey will make the OS look so boring.  I think the previous yellow was just fine, it wasn't a realistic yellow, it was a comical yellow.  Now it people come from iOS/Android to Windows and come from comical yellow to grey, it's going to turn people off since people use emoji's everyday.
  • Read again please.
  • The old default wasn't yellow, it was Caucasian. Please read.
  • Nice,always wanted a middle finger emotion.lol
  • Awesome! Best windows 10 news!
  • MS is definitely putting it all on the table with W10.
  • Will these emotions be available on Windows phone 10???
  • Of course, it's univarsal.
  • "The article notes that Microsoft has decided to make gray as the default skin color for emoji people, rather than a bright shade of yellow for iOS or Android users."   I tought bring "familiarity" with the other OSes was the point of the Windows 10.
  • Yeah. Hmmm
  • gray. lol. zombies
  • Grey for basic? Really?
  • Good job Microsoft you guys will win this race
  • "race" being the keyword
  • Hahahaha!
  • Of all the things they could've taken from the other OS' ... Why can't we just have a universa set of neutral emoji's that work across all platforms. While i do like the new midfing & spock ones why play catch-up when theres really no need. At a time when the world is crying for unity & supposedly working towards 'Say no to racism', why do this, just why ??
  • Catchup?  The other OS's are the ones catching up now.  Plus the skin tone selection was only released to iOS this year... so everyone's on par.
  • But implementing it because of Apple is playing catch up... but I suppose there wud be people who wud later be cribbing & crying that this is not there on Windows, so they thought of bringing it in now than later
  • On the plus side, I will now be able to create racist and discriminatory messages thanks to this. This is going to be fun
  • Hmm.... they don't have a light yellowish-white skin tone for those in eastern asia.
  • Lol awesome
  • Sometimes we need to tell people to go fuck themselves via a gray middle finger emoji. Loved this!
  • Still pretty annoying that emojis differ from iOS, to Android to WP. When I send emoji X to either an Android or an iOS device, they get emoji Y which can be a completely different emoji.
  • That's why they've made a few modifications. Check out the source article and it shows what's been changed to better match with Android and iOS :)
  • I'm offended the poop emoji only comes in brown. They need to add another brown one, but with the scent of rose wafting depicted.
  • LOL, "who may not identify with 'white' emoji".  Seriously? Anyone who feels this way care to comment on this?
  • Yeah, that's crazy. People who get offended by the skin tone of an emoji really need to adjust their priorities imho.
    Plus, I think it'd have been better to just leave the default white/pink emoji, no one ever mentioned racism while that was the only color available, now it looks like it's become such a big deal instead...
  • True... Makes u wonder....is MS racially insensitive for not including emoji of other colors...or are the people who find 'white' emoji offensive just plain racist retards....I would think the latter. Anyone offended by the color of a cartoon icon has serious issues and deep seated racial inferiority complex. And why the hell are westerners obsessed with race and color??? Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • Yeah! Black and yellow people have pink bits too!! :P
  • I hope that Microsoft will add also LGBT couples and families. As a strong ally, I stand for this kind of "digital LGBT rights". C'mon MSFT!
  • Yes, please! I've been keeping my fingers crossed MS will update the emojis to include LGBT couples and families. Love the LGBT family ones on iOS.
  • Middle finger? You are all wrong, Thats a six different colored apples. o-O
  • I am sure those finger icons will be removed in RTM.  For now, enjoy.
  • why don't just use IOS version? it's looks so much better
  • Bad move from Microsoft.
  • The darkest finger must be bigger, it would make sense. Or not?
  • The skin tone shit is so dumb lol
  • Yay like iOS lol
  • I thought Daniel Rubino was joking when he tweeted this earlier today. This is AWESOME! I am confident in saying that the middle finger will become my most used emoji.
  • Just give me my taco emoji already!!!
  • +1 :D
  • Liking the varied skin tones!
  • Offended by a skin colour that never existed within all of Caucasian peoples history, yet not offended by a way to tell another human to metaphorically fuck off?... These racist non-whites need to fuck off
  • That one is for Apple
  • Can't wait to spam those to some women in my life.
  • Like it all other than the grey skin as default, yellow just gave it more cartoon feel which was rather good however grey by default is not exactly fun to use. Agree that is good to be different however in other areas they are replicating Android and iOS to avoid people switching over getting too confused so why go grey in this part?! Assuming that when we receive standard/default colours (yellow) of emoji from other platform users we'll see grey . Personally I'm not white and never been bothered about the yellow skin colour of the emojis, would have much rather they put the time into making them animated also provided universal stickers, why can't these guys (Microsoft, Apple and Google) sit around a table and just mutually agree on these to avoid dragging the rest of us left and right which confuses both old and new users, this is one reason iOS users intend to stay because of the consistencies across each upgrade.
  • Haha! Yes, I have so many uses for the middle finger!!
  • What gets me is the middle finger means nothing. Depending on your culture.
  • Any volleyballs?
  • Do they not recognize it as a sport??!
  • People offended by the color of a pixelated cartoon icon have serious issues. I am not white and wouldn't care what color the emoji are. Westerners are obsessed with color and race.... Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • Anyone using Edge on win10TP? Page comments seems not laying out right.  Can't see vote up and down buttons. Clicking on the space may result in the report button...
  • Yasssssss
  • Good. Toughening up.
  • I still call them emoticons...as a society, are we really not calling them that anymore?
  • I believe emoticons are ascii, while emojii are graphical. At least, that's how I segregate the two in my head. 
  • Hmm...interesting. That seems like a valid observation. I guess I just remember calling the "smileys" in MSN Messenger days as "emoticons" and that just always stuck to me, but you're probably right--there's some technical differentiation.
  • FINALLY! FINALLY! FINALLY! I THOUGHT THIS WOULD NEVER HAPPEN IN MY LIFETIME! :D
  • Most of them were pretty useless. And the 'neutral' gray emoji didn't looked nice...
  • Going grey over remaining yellow is, imo, folding a bit much for political correctness. Gray is an incredibly boring color. Yellow (or many other colors) have some vibrance. Grey is just a step removed from doing an emoticon instead.  Hopefully they re-think this decision. 
  • Is that what we need? Seriously? I find these things crucial for speedy accurate communication and the hands down winner in my book is the skype ones which I cant