With Windows 8.1, Microsoft’s operating system now also supports color emoji. But they did it in a very different way than Apple and Google. Instead of using PNG images, they introduced a support for layered vector glyphs!
Ralf Herrmann explains how Microsoft support colour emoji in the upcoming Windows 8.1 update. This is a big improvement over the Apple and Google method which uses PNGs, and opens up more possibilities.
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