We were pretty excited when Windows Phone 7 released its Mango update. In addition to all the awesome new features that came with WP7.5, there were a few small yet attractive changes that initially went unnoticed. Among these changes were graphical emoticons. While Mango was still in its beta testing phase, it was discovered that if you send smileys in a text message, they will, like in Android, automatically get converted to images (we covered the feature soon after its discovery). Sadly, not all graphical emoticons are displayed within WP7’s keyboard. Many people have been caught by surprise when they sent a smiley in a text message, and it got turned into its graphical form as soon as the text was delivered. Apart from that, it is no mean feat to memorize the whole cheat sheet of MSN emoticons. But, not having a cheat sheet at all is worse than memorizing it. So, if you have ever wanted to see the character combinations for each and every one of those smileys, help is finally here. Microsoft just posted the ultimate cheat sheet for all emoticons supported on Windows Phone in their graphical form.
I have discovered quite a lot of these emoticons accidentally on my Omnia 7, but never knew what they meant. I am sure other WP7 will come up with similar stories, as smileys are something that have been in use for years now. However, there are times when you just look at an emoticon and wonder what it could possibly mean. Or maybe you are just looking for a good and appropriate smiley for a particular occasion. The sheet presented above will let you know the name of all those smileys, in addition to telling you how to create them. Having said all that, there is a final twist in the tail. The list presented above is not complete. It was originally posted by the folks over at Windows Phone’s official blog with the promise that it will be extended soon. So, the actual number of graphical emoticons supported on WP7 remain unknown, but is much more impressive than some of the other platforms.
It would be really convenient if this list gets integrated with WP7’s stock keyboard, much like in the stock Android keyboard, which displays a list of all graphical emoticons. Even if MS doesn’t do that, we are sure that a lot of apps will soon make their way to the Marketplace with the sole purpose of bringing this list of Emoji to your phone.