Expand emojis to reflect the diversity of ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability of your user base
Emoji set is limited and almost exclusively white and male. This doesn't reflect the make up of most modern workplaces and certainly doesn't reflect the make up of your global user base.
Why are there not diverse emojis this is bad
Like to disable most of the emoji and have a small set of remaining ones. Thanks to memes many of the usual tame emojis now have meanings which could get you into a ****** harassment penalty even if you do not know about it.
Sara Herrmann commented
Modern workplaces are diverse and representation is important! Time to make this important addition to your platform.
Please advise where you are on this very important implement. I find it hard to believe that a talented group of developers wouldn't be able to write code for this lickety-split. I need to hear from someone in a decision-making capacity right away. I see comments but nothing substantive enough for me to believe this is being taken seriously. What's the status?!!!!!
Not a big user of this feature in any of this kind of product (Teams, Skype, WhatsApp, Slack, etc) so i was VERY surprised when this issue was raised in my workplace by our Diversity and Inclusion team. I confidently took a look assuming we'd be able to edit or expand that pretty simply - and was stunned to find how limited the offering was but also that we had no options to edit or expand.
REALLY!!??!!?!? Considering all the CEO Action for Diversity pledges and the published (internally and externally) statements by the MS leadership - this small thing that would take probably less than a week of effort to whip up and make available as an update through the O365 yet it isn't already in the pipe.???
Stunning fail by MS. My own CEO and other exec's are extremely serious about eliminating all of the sources of bias, great and small, out of our environment - and this is VERY visible with our colleagues. I will need to be addressing it, by fixing or removing the source of the problem.
Agree with earlier anonymous post. It's there in Windows (native to OS). Not sure if it's in Mac. But the point is, it's available already. Not so much of an incentive to recreate it, and not so much to bemoan about it not being done, if it's already there.
Emoji set is almost exclusively yellow and genderless, surely!
Carla Monk commented
We have one of the most diverse universities in the world. This is a very important feature to us
Carla Monk - University of Texas at Arlington
Raj C. commented
Based on all of the fanfare at Ignite regarding Microsoft's approach to diversity, you'd think this would have been done by now. Let's go Microsoft - I know you are serious about this topic.
Anastasia Frolova commented
This should have been done at the very least in mid 2019 when Apple's expanded its emojis was being heavily discussed in the press. Please start to take that journey now.
Full Windows emojis can be used by pressing (WIN + .) - here every colour is possible, as well as prosthetics, firepeople, policepeople, workpeople etc.
Not sure what the issue is here.
The built in Emoji are yellow and genderless
One small step for technical innovation, one great leap for the diversity initiative and recognition.
Angie C commented
I can change the shade of my emoji on my phone to represent me, even make my own Mii Character on Nintendo Switch so why can't I on Teams when I am using this application for business purposes throughout the day? Doesn't make sense to me!
Laura Nixon commented
Wow, it's amazing that this has not already been addressed given Microsoft's purported diversity values and policies https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/default.aspx
I cannot believe that this is not more diverse already!
this is very important