Open Source: Microsoft releases its own emojis for everyone

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Microsoft has released the Fluent Design 3D emojis that have been in Windows 11 and Windows 10 since February as open source for anyone to download under an MIT license. The icons can not only be used, but also edited and published.

Microsoft publishes 1,500 emojis as open source

As Microsoft announced on the website of the online publishing platform Medium, the company now has the emojis, which were only introduced six months ago in the Windows 11 and Windows 10 operating systems, as open source on the GitHub developer platform released for download.

Microsoft makes its emojis open source ( Image: Microsoft)

In total, Microsoft has published more than 1,500 emojis and this selection has only been adjusted for its own trademarks, including Karl Klammer aka Clippy the paper clip, trademarks of other companies and country flags. The compilation includes 1,538 icons in the following categories:

  • 3D:
    • In Portable Network Graphics (PNG) raster graphics format
  • Flat:
    • 2D vector graphics in Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format
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  • 2D vector graphics in Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format
  • High Contrast:
    • 2D vector graphics in Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format
  • The emojis are sorted alphabetically by asset and, with the exception of the above, include trademarks, country flags and technology icons all symbols that can be accessed using the Windows key + . can also be used under Windows 11 and 10.

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    Microsoft makes its emojis open source (Image: Microsoft)

    < p class="p text-width">Microsoft separately points out that the 3D emojis are intended in particular for app, software and web developers, who are allowed to use, change and publish the icons for their projects. The basis for this is the Fluent Emojis in the latest version 14.0.2.

    A total of 1,538 emojis are now open source (Image: Microsoft)

    The Emojis can be downloaded both as a package of around 130 MB in pre-sorted folders and individually via GitHub and the website of Figma, a collaborative software for prototyping in the field of UX and UI design.

    The Microsoft Open Source Code of Conduct provides further information on the correct handling of Open Source from Microsoft.