Windows emojis are supported on tablets, desktop computers and other devices with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 8. Windows have, at present, 52,000 emojis. That’s a lot of emojis!
To make it easier to work with their vast number of emojis, Windows rolled out, during its Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in 2017, a new emoji built-in picker. Through this feature, in order for users to get the emojis they want, they would have to first click or tap any text field on any Windows app like Microsoft Word, Notepad, or Google Chrome.
Once this is done, users would have to press the Windows Key or Period/Full Stop Key, or Windows Key and Semicolon Key. After this, an emoji picker will appear over the text field. The last step would be to click on any emoji then insert it in any document.
History of Windows Emojis
Windows 7, released to the public in 2009, is one of the first Microsoft-produced computer operating systems to include emojis. To access this update, users had to open Windows Update and install Internet Explorer 11. The downside to this version is that emojis were still in black and white then. Emojis came out in color when Windows 8.1 was released in October 2013.
Nearly a decade after its foray into the world of colored emojis, Windows surprised its users with a brand new batch of emojis during its May 2019 Windows 10 update. This update was definitely a step forward for Microsoft, because it formally established Microsoft’s place as one of the first vendors to support emoji 12.0, the 12th version of the Unicode Standard.
Some new emojis released during the May 2019 Windows 10 update were symbols of flamingos, pinching hands, yawning faces, colored shapes and a range of accessibility options.
On top of the new symbols added to the list, all the accessibility-oriented emojis that were part of the May 2019 Windows 10 update, like Man With A Cane or Ear With A Hearing Aid, contained various skin tone modified options.