Microsoft is letting us express how we really feel with the most important update yet to Windows 10. No, I’m not talking about Cortana or the Edge browser, but the middle finger emoji. Yes, once Windows 10 rolls out you’ll be able to flip the bird to your friends and family.
The latest version of the Windows 10 Technical Preview includes built-in font support for the middle finger emoji, according to Emojipedia, which took a look at the updates to Windows’ built-in Sejoe UI Emoji font. Check out the site for a complete breakdown of the latest emoji updates in Windows 10.
The one-finger salute has been around for nearly a year as part of the Unicode 7.0 release in June 2014. The release does not appear to include the two-finger version that is popular in many Commonwealth countries including the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
Despite being around for a year, none of the major PC or mobile operating systems have had the courage to add the middle finger to their emoji quiver—until now. That means you’ll only be able to digitally flip someone off if they are also running a Windows 10 device. Middle finger emojis will be lost on anyone running Android, iOS, or OS X.
Windows 10 lets you express your distaste in six different skin tones including the default gray—in case you’re a Westerosian inflicted with greyscale.
The story behind the story: Adding this all-important emoji is a great first step. Now Microsoft needs the courage to add all the middle finger nuances we experience in real life. Perhaps a bright red middle finger to express the rage finger, a green one for the ironic flip, and a crimson icon for the “f*$k you, I won’t do what you tell me” salute.
Now if only Facebook would add a “dislike” button.
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Ian is an independent writer based in Israel who has never met a tech subject he didn't like. He primarily covers Windows, PC and gaming hardware, video and music streaming services, social networks, and browsers. When he's not covering the news he's working on how-to tips for PC users, or tuning his eGPU setup.