Windows 10 Preview build 16226 brings a new set of emojis

Laurent Giret

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Microsoft is rolling out today the Windows 10 Insider build 16226 to PC users on the Fast Ring, and it was well worth the wait: this is another massive update, with lots of cool new features to discover. For emoji users, this latest build support the latest Unicode updates, which means that it introduces the latest standard emojis such as new snacks, dinosaurs, zombies and much more. Even better, some old emojis have also been redesigned with this latest update.

Here are all the details below:

Emoji 5.0! We have added support for the latest Unicode updates – including new snacks, actions, dinosaurs, and even fantasy characters like genies, fairies and zombies!

They’re all accessible via both the touch keyboard and the Emoji Panel. Bonus: Along the way, we also updated our emoji pickers to now make it possible to access the profession emoji and gender diverse options for some of our people actions (for example, you can now select male or female face palm).

Finally, we’ve tweaked some of our original emoji designs based on your feedback and to improve consistency with how the emoji is displayed on other platforms (while maintaining our Windows style).

New emoji include:


Examples of updated emoji – before.

And after:


Search for emoji in Emoji Panel: We’ve updated the hardware keyboard’s new Emoji Panel to now provide a search feature! After opening the panel via the Win + period (.) or semicolon (;) hotkeys, keep typing! The words you type will be used to filter the emoji displayed. If you close the panel by clicking “x” button or pressing Esc, the words will remain. We’re still working on enriching our emoji keywords – have any suggestions? Log feedback! Note: The Emoji Panel is currently only available when the en-us keyboard is active.

Dark theme for Emoji Panel: Do you love dark theme? Because we do ????. If you have dark theme enabled (via Settings > Personalization > Colors), you’ll now see the Emoji Panel background display using dark colors instead of light.

The addition of a search feature in the Emoji panel will also be handy to quickly find relevant emojis. Do you have a favorite among these latest additions? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.