When Microsoft released its Windows 10 operating system for free in 190 countries today, it also gave the world the finger. Literally.
The new operating system is the first, and thus far the only, to include support for the “Reversed Hand with Middle Finger Extended” emoji — a.k.a., the middle finger. As Emojipedia reports, despite the fact that Unicode, the global standards organization for emoji, made the character available more than a year ago, most tech companies have been really, really skittish about giving this particular emoji a go.
It’s odd to see major tech companies, like Apple and Google, assume the role of propriety police. It is, admittedly, in keeping with some of their other moralistic design choices: Both iPhone and Android phones don’t recognize swear words, for instance, and Apple’s official dictionary purportedly excludes thousands of other “controversial” words, besides: things like abortion, prostitution, pornography and suicide.