Over 800 emojis to express yourself in Microsoft Teams

Author: Helen Neudorf Time: 21.02.2022

Emojis play an important role in our written communication and it is totally possible to have an entire conversation using only emojis. But have you ever wondered how long the emojis have been around, what are the most used, or questioned yourself whether you using enough?
Before getting to the point of this blog post, take a little tour in the history of emojis, and hopefully learn some new facts.

Modern emoticons were not the first instances of :) or :-) being used in text. In 1648, poet Robert Herrick wrote, "Tumble me down, and I will sit Upon my ruins, (smiling yet:)." Herrick's work predated any other recorded use of brackets as a smiling face by around 200 years. However, experts have since weighed whether the inclusion of the colon in the poem was deliberate and if it was meant to represent a smiling face. English professor Alan Jacobs argued that "punctuation, in general, was unsettled in the seventeenth Century. Herrick was unlikely to have consistent punctuational practices himself, and even if he did, he couldn't expect either his printers or his readers to share them." 

In the late 1990s, a Japanese artist named Shigetaka Kurita created the first emoji. He was working for a mobile communications company called NTT Docomo. They were developing a new internet platform. Since it allowed for a limited number of characters, Kurita came up with the idea to replace words with pictures.

So what’s is the point using emoticons when chatting? Many studies suggest that using emojis while chatting can have a positive effect to the sender and also the receiver. Especially when showing happiness or gratitude. Adobe did a study in 2019 about emojis. Study suggests that majority of emoji users believe that people who use emojis are friendlier and more approachable. When asked about emojis’ greatest benefits, most emoji users highlight the ability to communicate across language barriers (94%) and instantly share thoughts and ideas (90%). 

But there are also studies that suggest not using emojis in a work-setting because it might be deemed unprofessional. Young adults seem to respond to emojis more positively than their older colleagues.  That means there’s a time and a place for using emojis in business communication.

Microsoft on the other hand thinks that emojis are the future and is releasing tons of new emojis to use in Teams!


Expanded reactions in Microsoft Teams

This update will expand available reactions by allowing users to apply any emoji as a reaction to chat messages. Users will be able to pick from >800 Teams emojis to express themselves the way they want.

This will be available for Teams desktop apps (Windows and Mac), Teams mobile (Android and iOS), and Teams on the web.

When this will happen:
Standard: will begin rolling out in mid-May (previously early March) and expect to complete rollout by early June (previously late March).

How this will affect your organization:
From an expanded set of emoji options presented in an updated reaction design, users will be able to choose from more than 800 easily accessible emojis with new reactions.
Easily find the best emoji with the search bar
 Receiving a lot of positive emojis can make someone's day

Want to become fluent in emojis? Check out this pdf that has shortcuts to all the current emojis in Teams.