It seems like Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was just buying some time. The company has confirmed that it is going by the the industry’s lead and replacing its gun emoji with the water squirting variety. The company launched its design for a new, benign firearm, which resembles a cross between a Martian ray gun and Super Soaker.
The company revealed the changes in a tweet, in which it said that it had changed the designed so as to reflect its values as well as the numerous feedbacks it had received from its customers. The changes are a response to numerous growing concerns surrounding the gun violence and gun control regulations in the United States. The company, a software giant is the last among leading tech companies to fall in line with the new movement that includes Samsung, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), WhatsApp, , Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) and, most recently, Alphabet Inc Class C (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Facebook, Inc. Common Stock (NASDAQ:FB)
It is important to note that Microsoft initially had a far less realistic opinion on the gun emoji until recent years, but it replaced its sci-fi ray gun with a revolver. At the time, the company cited concerns over cross-platform consistency. The company said that the main intention was to align with the world Unicode standard and the previous design was not in line with the generally acceptable design in the industry or the expectations of its customers in terms of the definition of emoji.
Consistent with the rest of the industry player is very important in this regard. Sending playful squirt gun to someone only to view it as a real firearm or the other way round may cause a lot of misunderstandings in terms of interpreting the emoji. However, it is very unlucky for Microsoft, because the initial redesign arrived just as Apple was shifting towards the squirt gun, a move which helped set trend that is currently being followed by the rest of the companies. This could have been reason enough to make Microsoft stick to its guns.
The company has not revealed when it will change the emoji in Windows 10.