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Microsoft’s New Emoji8 App Shows the Power of Windows Machine Learning

Microsoft is showcasing its Windows ML service through a fun app called Emoji8, an open source facial recognition app available in the Store now.


is one of the leaders in development of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies. While the tech-minded will be familiar with the company's solutions, casual users may not. Microsoft has created a novel way to showcase its AI and Windows machine learning capabilities. The company has wrapped its tech in an Emoji8 app.

Users can now head to the to download a sample application that shows Windows Machine Learning (ML) API in action. If you are unfamiliar with the API, it allows to perform machine learning tasks powered by the device instead of a remote server.

In the case of the Emoji8, Microsoft is highlighting how the Windows Machine Learning API can be used for on-device facial recognition. The app leverages the API to map your facial expressions while you mimic a selection of emojis.

Microsoft describes how Emoji8 highlights the capabilities of Windows ML:

“This app showcases how to leverage the low-latency, scalable, and flexible performance of Windows ML. Frames are locally assessed as soon as they are snapped from the camera to allow real-time machine learning evaluation and game screen updates.”


The app also allows users to create an animated GIF of their emoji and post it to Twitter. Microsoft says Emoji8 is open and the source code is available from GitHub.

As for the machine learning model used in the app, it's called FER+ Emotion Recognition. Microsoft has put the source code for the ML model on GitHub too.

Finally, if you want to try out Windows Machine Learning on Emoji 8, the app is available from the Microsoft Store here.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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