“Microsoft this week replaced a toy gun emoji with a real revolver in an apparent need to conform to universal emoji standards.,” Nick Statt reports for The Verge.

“The change, which arrived with the company’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update on Tuesday, is part of a larger emoji redesign project Microsoft embarked on months ago to refresh its library with new designs,” Statt reports. “‘It’s unclear why Microsoft felt the need to replace its old toy gun, which resembled a sci-fi space blaster, with a real firearm. It does, however, put the company at philosophical odds with Apple.”

“Both companies are part of the Unicode Consortium, the technical organization that oversees emoji standards so that they translate equitably across devices and mobile operating systems,” Statt reports. “Each company can tailor how its own emoji characters appear to users, and Microsoft decided it made more sense to use a real gun rather than a toy one.”

Microsoft's old "gun" emoji (left) and the new one (right)

Microsoft’s old “gun” emoji (left) and the new one (right)

 

Current iOS handgun emoji (left) and Apple's replacement, a green squirt gun (right)

Current iOS handgun emoji (left) and Apple’s replacement, a green squirt gun (right)

 
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MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft is right. Apple is wrong.

Great, now we need a 🍸, a 🍸, a 🍸, and a couple of 🍺🍺, at the very least.

Which, after the acquiescent Tim Cook gets a letter from Alcoholics Anonymous, will read to the rest of the world:
Great, now we need a 🍭, a 🍭, a 🍭, and a couple of 🍼🍼, at the very least.

Nothing, especially guns, should be improperly translated when sent from one system to another lest you get results like:

Gun emoji danger

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