Finally, we can make our own emojis (but I'm concerned)

There are literally hundreds of emojis but Microsoft believes what the world needs now are even more little icons to communicate our feelings, statuses and love of smiley cats. The big M has now made its emoji editor open source, meaning over 15,000 emojis can be edited, altered and bent to our will. This fantastic news for diversity, but I can't help but think the internet is going to abuse its new powers with NSFW emoji editions.

Every year the big developers – Apple, Adobe, Microsoft and others – release updated emoji designs, often to backlash like when Apple released its vaccine emoji but also great applause, such as when Microsoft brought back Clippy as an emoji. Now, for the Microsoft 365 ecosystem at least, you can edit and build on existing emoji designs and create them for yourself.

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Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creative Bloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and video game titles Play and Official PlayStation Magazine. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on digital art, VFX and video games and tech, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5.