Emoji crossfire: Microsoft is also changing its gun emoji, but in a different way


Earlier this week, we learned that Apple plans to replace the gun emoji with a water pistol once iOS 10 rolls out. The picture is a part of 12 new emoji, which depict women in more professions and sports, a stay-at-home dad, and the LGBT flag — you know, the important stuff, because it's emoji that will drive our culture forward. And, apparently, replacing a gun with a water pistol will reduce shootings, but we digress.

Microsoft also made changes in this regard, but in a different manner. See, Microsoft's version of the emoji used to look like a toy laser gun, but now, after the August 2 update, it's actually a revolver. Now, the timing for this may look like a jab at Apple or a political statement, but it is more probably a coincidence.

The switch is part of a large emoji overhaul that Microsoft has been planning for a while. The company wants to ensure that users would be able to communicate with no confusion, which is why it decided to re-design all of its smileys according to the standards of the Unicode Consortium. The end goal is that the emoji you send out would look similarly and represent the same emotion on the receiving device, no matter what model it is (for example – Samsung's latest rolleye emoji is pretty off).

In other words, it seems iOS users should be careful with their new water pistol – sending a message like “I am going to *water gun* you” may have a very different meaning on a non-iOS 10 device...

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8 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2310; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's really interesting. Making a mental note to not use that emoji. lol

5. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 654; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Apple should get out of the Emoji business. When someone winds up being sued for emotional distress I hope Tim is called upon to pay the damages.

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Inb4 "LEFT WING PC LIBERALS AT IT AGAIN!!" comments Good for MS, at least they don't believe this will shock kids

3. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

kudos to MS for standing up on this.

4. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Good. You can see guns in movies, videogames, and in real life; having an emoji isn't gonna kill anyone.

8. lyndon420

Posts: 6861; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Emoji's don't kill people... people kill emoji's. Our race is officially doomed lol.

6. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Going by Apple logic, we should ban the word gun too because talking about guns will cause people to die. Only by not using the word will we get rid of gun violence!

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Guns dont kill. People do.

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