From: Christopher Fynn (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Jan 12 2009 - 02:01:53 CST
On 12/01/2009, Peter Constable <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> People better check some facts before making conjectures: you've been able
> to add colour, emoji and "winks" (animated images) to Live Messenger chat
> messages for a while, but Live Messenger uses RTF, not plain text. So, maybe
> the things being added to Live chat messages are proliferating (I'd say they
> are), but not in plain text.
Peter, the young woman in Las Vegas shown on the BBC news clip claimed
to be demonstrating Windows 7 - first she demoed a bunch of touch
screen navigation stuff including moving and zooming in on sattelite
images, and then changing the angle of view from above to sideways at
street level -nice stuff if it was a real demo running in real time on
a normal piece of kit and not a cached or recorded mock up.
Near the end of the demo she showed adding emoji like animated
thingies to what looked to me like Live Messenger - and the messages
changed appearance depending on emoji selected. She highlighted this
segment by saying it was her "favourite feature". Live Messenger may
indeed be a seperate product the but this was supposed a Windows 7
demo and she was using this emoji "feature" to promote Windows 7. The
average person viewing the clip - which was broadcast round the world
- would have assumed this was a Windows 7 feature.
My point was simply that animated graphics emoji are being used by
large companies like Microsoft to market software, telephones etc. ~
and, if this is a successful strategy (and I expect they've already
tested it with focus groups etc.), I expect there will be a demand for
more (whether encoded as plain characters or rich text) and we will
see more of these little animated beasties popping up all over the
place - likely to include further encoding proposals.
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