Among Microsoft's many innovations and changes announced for the July 2015 release of its Windows 10 operating system, perhaps the most amusing is the inclusion of a new emoji character that unquestionably stands out, in a manner of speaking.
As noted by the Emojipedia
, an online compendium of emoji characters used on all major computer and phone platforms, Microsoft is scheduled to include an emoji character simply entitled, "Reversed Hand With Middle Finger Extended
The character, also known as "Middle Finger Emoji," "Rude Finger Emoji" and "Flipping The Bird Emoji," is described by the Emojipedia as ". . . used in western cultures as a rude or insulting gesture."
The character did not originate with Microsoft but with the Unicode Consortium, a nonprofit corporation which develops, maintains and promotes software internationalization standards.
In June 2014, the Consortium formulated and added the rude character to its Unicode Standard, which specifies the representation of text in all modern software products and standards.
Manufacturers who are members of the Consortium are not compelled to incorporate all of its standards and data into their products, however. Indeed, neither Apple's iOS nor Google's Android operating systems support the middle finger emoji.
Microsoft is the first major company to expand its digital vernacular so that users can now visually express profanity using a pictogram of the so-called bird flip.
Microsoft's implementation of the middle finger emoji not only appears in a default gray color but also offers a version in a pale skin tone as well as cream white, moderate brown, dark brown and black skin tones.
Emoji is Japanese for "picture character" or more precisely, "standardized icons with a meaning." The first emoji were developed in 1998 by Shigetaka Kurita, working at a research facility of Japan's leading mobile phone operator, NTT DoCoMo.
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